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Managing Row Crop Residue Burns
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

As we move through harvest, it’s time to start managing crop residue in fields. A number of organizations have been involved in the past few years in developing the Arkansas Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Row Crop Burning which can be found here:

Check out the PDF (Arkansas Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Row Crop Burning) for a better understanding of all aspects of burning. At the end of the day, you need to know these items:

  1. Call the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s (AAD) Dispatch Center at 1-800-830-8015.
  2. Give them name, location of field, acres, crop type, and time of planned burn.
  3. 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.

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