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Tips for managing rice seedling diseases

Seedling diseases could prevail in any rice growing fields. However, they can be reduced with proper management. Seed rots and seedling diseases are generally “complex.”   The causal agents in a field could be more than one biotic or abiotic factor.  In fields with seedling problems, fungal mycelia may easily be detected on the collar

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Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for April 7-11, 2014

The past week of trading was literally a “hump” week as the market lost 12 cents over the weekend to a Monday statewide average of $14.66 and climbed to a $14.96 peak on Wednesday before giving back all of the gains a Friday closing average of $14.63 (Figure 1).  The closing statewide average represented a

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Arkansas Rice Update 4-12-14

April 12, 2014                              No. 2014-5 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

The race is on this weekend.  It’s time to see how much rice we can get in the ground before the next round of rain hits.  With all the activity getting cranked up today I’ll be very surprised if we haven’t doubled

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Wheat diseases mostly a no-show so far

Whether measured by the calendar or by wheat growth stage, the level of diseases in wheat fields across Arkansas appears to be unusually low. So far, only barley yellow dwarf has been confirmed from plots at Marianna. The probability of a stripe rust epidemic this year is extremely low. Given this lack of foliar fungal

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 11, 2014

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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

The second of eight anticipated corn verification fields was planted on Saturday April 5 in White County.  The field is 40 acres and planted with Armor 1550PRO at 34,000 seeds per acre.  I visited the field on April 10 and the

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U.S. Crop Progress

USDA – NASS released its first U.S. Crop Progress report for 2014 this afternoon.  It included planting progress, as of April 6, for cotton, sorghum, and rice.  Winter wheat condition ratings were included as well.

Overall, U.S. sorghum and rice planting are lagging the 5-year average pace in all states, while

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Pop up fertilizers: What you need to know

Pop up fertilizers are commonly used in some corn growing areas in the country.  The practice consists of applying a few pounds of nutrients with the seed at planting.  Planters are retrofitted with commercially available attachments that accurately deliver the desired volume of liquid fertilizer.  This practice should not be confused with “starter fertilizers” which

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Arkansas Crop Progress as of April 7

Rains and cool temperatures continue to slow planting progress and crop development. Today’s Crop Progress report released by the Arkansas NASS office indicated that only “2.8 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 6, 2014”.  Planting progress for corn, rice, grain sorghum and soybeans is at or near that of 2013

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Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for March 31-April 4, 2014

A 27 cent weekend gain to a $14.74 average on Monday followed by an increase of another 20 cents on Tuesday seemed to set the stage for a strong week in the 2013 Crop Soybean Cash Market, but price quickly fell back 24 cents on Wednesday before stabilizing to end the week (Figure 1).  The

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Arkansas Rice Update 4-4-14

April 4, 2014                                 No. 2014-4 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Rick Norman, Dr. Bob Scott, and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

I’m guessing around 5% of rice is in the ground to date.  Most of it is isolated in places that have lucked into dry conditions.  A number of fields went in early this week ahead of

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