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As Arkansas harvest rolls, growers enjoy higher prices

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The “store and hold” strategy employed by many rice growers in 2018 has finally paid off, as rice prices rallied in 2019, hinging largely on record prevented planting acreage and general uncertainty about the year’s crop size. According to a rice stocks report released late August by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, rough rice stocks for ... Read More »

Arkansas scientists investigate effects of high night temperatures on rice quality

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Arkansas scientists are working to develop rice varieties that are tolerant of Arkansas’ frequent high nighttime air temperatures, a condition that can significantly reduce yields and post-harvest quality. Paul Counce, a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture professor and rice physiologist, is leading the high nighttime air temperature rice research in the division’s Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. “We began ... Read More »

Insect pests pose problems for late-planted crops, including rice

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When relentless spring rains pushed the planting window wide open, entomologists predicted problems for Arkansas row-crops. That has certainly proven true for the state’s late-planted cotton, soybeans and rice, said Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Rice Lorenz said stink bug numbers are “incredible” in 2019. “And they just keep coming,” he said. ... Read More »

Multiple herbicide resistance in barnyardgrass prompts red flag warning

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • A grassy weed with resistance to multiple herbicides poses as big – if not a bigger – challenge to Arkansas rice growers than herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth does to soybean and cotton producers. That was the sobering outlook University of Arkansas Weed Scientist Jason Norsworthy presented about herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass during the recent University of Arkansas ... Read More »

Wayward cat finds new home, Twitter fans at UA’s Lonoke Station

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • To describe Pedro as a social animal is an understatement. After all, the gray and white tabby has his own Twitter account, posting as @CatUAEX (LonokeUAEXCat) and using the hashtag #catSupervisor. He also has his own avatar – a graphic representation similar to a cartoon caricature – and is trying to prefect the selfie. ... Read More »

University of Arkansas economist explains MFP for state’s growers

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Not long after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of a support package for farmers, Scott Stiles phone started ringing. On July 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out the Market Facilitation Program, Food Purchase and Distribution Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, all intended to help farmers affected by the international battle over tariffs. “The phone never stopped ... Read More »

Some Arkansas rice, soybean growers face latest twist in a difficult year

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While most of Arkansas may have escaped the worst of what Hurricane Barry augured in potential wind and rain, crops in many areas are struggling to move past the primary and secondary effects of the latest twist in an already difficult year. Rice Isolated rice fields in the state bore some of Barry’s brunt throughout the week. Jarrod Hardke, Extension ... Read More »

Mark your calendars for the Arkansas Rice Field Day, Aug. 2, in Stuttgart

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Weed management, furrow irrigation and drone use in agriculture are all on the agenda Aug. 2 for the annual Rice Field Day being hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart. “We are packing a lot of tech and research updates into our two, two-hour tours this year,” said ... Read More »

Learn more about rice at Arkansas’ Rice College, Aug. 1

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The University of Arkansas will hold a half-day rice college, Aug. 1, at the Rice Research & Extension Center in Stuttgart. Among the highlights are: • Crop consultants, industry personnel and producers will see current research on many of the production challenges Arkansas rice producers are experiencing today. • Presentations from University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture personnel and ... Read More »

Batten down the hatches! Barry could pose triple threat to Arkansas

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Arkansas’ rice crop, delayed by a wet spring and bludgeoned by high heat, is now facing a triple threat from Tropical Storm Barry, whose remnants are expected to drop heavy rain on the eastern side of the state on Sunday. A forecast map issued by the National Hurricane Center on Thursday, July 11, showed potential rainfall totals ranging from 4 ... Read More »