With harvest getting into full swing, so is the need to manage crop residue after harvest. A number of organizations have recently come together to develop the Arkansas Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Row Crop Burning found here: https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-voluntary-smoke-management-guidelines.
Check out the PDF there for a better understanding of all aspects of burning. At the end of the day, you need to know these items:
- Call The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s (AAD) Dispatch Center at 1-800-830-8015.
- Give them name, location of field, acres, crop type, and time of planned burn.
- Get a burning recommendation!
A few major DON’T items:
DO NOT BURN if winds exceed 15 mph.
DO NOT BURN if humidity is below 20%.
DO NOT BURN when the wind direction could send smoke directly into roadways or communities.
DO NOT leave your fire unattended.
With your help, we can effectively burn crop residue to eliminate pests and minimize tillage, while keeping our fires under control and out of our communities.