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31
Mar
2016
2016 Planting Intentions
Author: Scott Stiles, Instructor-Economics

USDA-NASS released its’ annual March Prospective Plantings report this morning which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year. For Arkansas, planting intentions generally followed pre-report expectations with rice, corn and cotton acreage higher and grain sorghum sharply lower.  Soybean acreage is projected to decline to the lowest level since […]

15
Mar
2016
Supply and demand for field crops – March 2016
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist The primary components of market conditions that determine prices for U.S. field crops are the supply and demand situation for each crop and the value of the dollar. Supply and demand conditions are indicated by stocks-to-use ratios which are reported monthly by U.S.D.A. Crop prices attempt to ration supply with […]

10
Mar
2016
Times are tough-scrutinize every input choice
Author: Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist

By Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist Seems like most everybody who retails ag inputs is offering products that they profess will boost yields, even make ‘em skyrocket. Only problem is, claims often aren’t backed up with unbiased data to prove that these materials provide growers with a return on investment–that ROI that should guide every decision. […]

05
Mar
2016
ARC payment estimates for 2015 crops
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist Low commodity prices have growers in need of all sources of revenue to keep farm operations economically viable until prices return to levels greater than costs of production. Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for crops harvested in 2015 will be issued after the 2015 crop […]

02
Mar
2016
Fuel and fertilizer prices decreased for 2016 planting
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist Prices for diesel fuel and fertilizers have continued to decrease as Arkansas farmers are preparing for 2016 planting. Reports in February indicate that diesel prices have decreased to $1.25/gallon from a price $1.90/gallon in November 2015. This will reduce total fuel costs by $23.00/acre for a rice field using diesel […]

02
Mar
2016
Using irrigation water management to improve the bottom line
Author: Chris Henry, Assistant Professor and Water Management Engineer, Rice Research and Extension Center

By Chris Henry, Assistant Professor and Water Management Engineer Last summer the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture implemented over 30  Irrigation Water Management (IWM) demonstrations. Workshops in Jonesboro and Stuttgart will provide producers a chance to hear details that were compiled from irrigation water management demonstrations last summer on cooperating farms.  The presentations will begin […]

22
Feb
2016
Tillage Radish Termination/Burndown Options
Author: Trenton Roberts, Research Assistant Professor, Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

It is time to start thinking about spring burndown/termination of winter cover crops, especially tillage radish. The past winter was relatively mild compared to normal and the recent warm weather has initiated spring greenup of many winter cover crops, including tillage radish. Typically, early planted tillage radish (planting prior to Oct. 15th) will get large […]

18
Feb
2016
Risk management agency announces 2016 crop insurance projected prices
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced projected prices for 2016 crop insurance coverage. Projected prices for Arkansas are presented in Table 1. Crop insurance represents additional expense, but low crop prices have increased the vulnerability of farms to the financial effects of adverse weather. In addition to protection from […]

03
Feb
2016
Roundup Xtend approval: What does it mean for Arkansas producers?
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

By Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist Monsanto announced Wednesday that Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean have gained import approval in China. This is long-awaited news for Arkansas producers, as seed for planting this technology has been available for at least a year now. Researchers at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have been […]

26
Jan
2016
New and updated recommendations for phosphorus fertilizer
Author: Nathan Slaton, Professor & Director of Soil Testing

By Nathan Slaton, Professor and Trenton Roberts, Assistant Professor – Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Phosphorus fertilizer recommendations for rice and soybean were revised in December 2015 based on soil-test information and rice and soybean yield response results from nearly 150 phosphorus (P) fertilization trials.  The old and new soil-test level definitions are shown in […]