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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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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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2014 Commodity Calendar

The link below includes a monthly listing of release dates for key USDA reports such as:  Crop Progress, Export Sales, Crop Production, Supply/Demand (WASDE), Acreage, and Grain Stocks.

2014 Commodity Calendar

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin release of its’ weekly U.S. Crop Progress reports on Monday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m.

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 4, 2014

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

The first corn verification field was planted in Clay County on Wednesday April 2.  The field is 65 acres and is planted with DeKalb DKC 63-87 at 34,000 seeds per acre.  I will head up that way next week and start

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Are you maximizing control with your herbicide application?

This is an interesting time in Arkansas agriculture as new technologies are on the horizon in many crops and resistant weeds are becoming more prevalent in all crops and across multiple modes of action.  We have screened multiple samples of barnyardgrass that contain 3-way resistance to Propanil, Facet, and Newpath (ALS) chemistry.  Also annual and

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USDA Prospective Plantings report

The USDA released its March Prospective Plantings report today at 11:00 CDT.  This report provides the results of the first NASS survey of U.S. farmers planting intentions for 2014.

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USDA Prospective Plantings report

Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – March 28, 2014

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

Some of the verification producers talked about planting this week, but with the rain and cold in the forecast we decided to wait until next week.  As soon as fields dry up next week, the majority of the fields will go

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – March 21, 2014

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

Producers are still waiting to plant verification fields.  I took a soil temp on March 20 at 9:00 a.m. at Grady and the temp was 45 degrees.  That is still below the 50 degrees we need for corn to germinate and

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Corn Planting Considerations

It seems that the roller coaster weather pattern continues in Arkansas, but hopefully we are moving in the right direction.  High temperatures are forecasted to be in the 60’s to near 70 the next few days.  Along with very windy conditions, wet fields are likely to dry fairly quickly.  Although air temperatures are warming, soil

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