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Need help calculating manure fertilizer? There’s an app for that.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture is excited to announce the release of an app that will help producers calculate the dollar and nutritive value of manure and allow them to share results via email.  Yesterday, I, along with Dr. Karl VanDevender,  U of A Division of Agriculture Professor/Extension Engineer, released the “Manure Valuator” app for

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S-I-T to protect your stored grain from pests

With harvest rapidly approaching, all of you grain producers are no doubt hoping for a bumper crop and a timely harvest.  With the tremendous increase in on-farm storage in Arkansas, chances are many of you will be drying and storing at least some of your harvest on-farm.  While this puts you in control of your

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Smartphone apps and web applications available from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Recently, the apps that are currently available or are in development were unveiled at the Rice Expo in Stuttgart.  The following is an overview of each app and its function:

Corn Advisor – Created in collaboration with Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist and Extension Soil Scientist Leo Espinoza, this a 24/7, pocket

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Resistant weed fact sheet now available online

A new fact sheet, “The Spread of HerbicideResistant Weeds: What Should Growers Know?” is now available online for download. To obtain FSA2171, visit: http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-2171.pdf.

Low risk for Fusarium head blight (scab) in wheat

Wheat south of I-40 is mostly past flowering and beyond the most susceptible growth stage for infection. Although some wheat in northeast Arkansas is still at the critical flowering stage, the risk for scab is forecast to be low based on weather variables. There does not appear to be a need for a fungicide application

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Insects are in the wheat crop but don’t get excited just yet

I guess it got dry enough to walk some fields today. My phone was ringing off the wall with calls, mostly about stink bugs in wheat.  Everyone is seeing stink bugs, so what do we need to do about the situation?  From what we can tell by our observations and the folks we are talking

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Wheat disease update – May 3, 2013

Stripe rust is still increasing on susceptible varieties at locations where it blew in during the spring. The most susceptible varieties are Arcadia, Progeny 117, Progeny 185, and USG 3993. Except for a few fields, stripe rust does not appear to be having a significant impact on yield because of adult-plant resistance and one or

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Wheat Disease Update, 26 April 2013

The black fruiting bodies associated with stripe rust lesions are telia of the stripe rust fungus and signal and end of the stripe rust epidemic.

I evaluated plots near Kibler, Rohwer, and Mariana on 24-25 April. At Kibler, maturities ranged from early boot to flowering, and only low levels of leaf blotch were found on

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Wheat Freeze Damage Potential

Wheat Field

I’ve gotten several calls over the last day or so about possible freeze damage for Saturday morning.  The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for much of central and northeast Arkansas for the early morning hours of Saturday morning, with most forecasts calling for temperatures dropping to the mid 30’s, but above freezing. 

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Wheat Disease Update, 18 April 2013

Unlike last week’s report that was based on emails and phone calls, this report is based on observations in plots at Rohwer, Keiser and Newport and fields along the way.

Stripe rust was serious only in areas where it overwintered on varieties with low levels of adult-plant resistance and either no fungicide was applied

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