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Arkansas Rice Update 4-18-14

April 18, 2014                              No. 2014-6 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, Dr. Bob Scott, and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

Rain, rain, go away. I think we’re all getting a little tired of it these days. As sure as we complain about it now, we’ll be wishing for it again in a month. Never more than

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Arkansas Rice Update 3-28-14

March 20, 2014                           No. 2014-2 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Gus Lorenz Planting Progress

A number of fields now have rice in the ground after (somewhat) favorable conditions this week.  Conditions were right to get a lot of ground prepared for the season and where people felt like they could also get some planted they

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Cruiser (thiamethoxam) seed treatment may be ineffective on tobacco thrips in cotton

In the last few years we have been seeing the need for foliar thrips applications in cotton, even though seed was treated with an Insecticide Seed Treatment (IST). Growers and consultants have been frustrated with the need for foliar applications to protect cotton from thrips after spending $15 per acre for a seed treatment and

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Dectes stem borer is making its presence known

We have been receiving numerous phone calls about Dectes stem borer in soybean this year.  We began seeing large numbers of adults in soybean fields as early as mid-June this year and populations appeared to peak in early- to mid-July.  Now we are beginning to receive reports of severe infestations in maturing Group IV and

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Arkansas Rice Update 9-12-13

September 12, 2013                    No. 2013-25 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Many growers are continuing to make quick work of harvest these days.  The majority of yield numbers coming in are 180+ bu/acre with most numbers in the 200+ range.  Difficult to be unhappy with those kinds of yields. 

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Arkansas Rice Update 9-6-13

September 6, 2013                      No. 2013-24 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Seeing trucks stacking up at the mill is an easy giveaway that harvest is picking up steam.  It’s becoming common that I hear people with high test weights (45-47 lbs/bu).  Trucks get heavy really fast with test weights

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Arkansas Rice Update 8-30-13

August 30, 2013                          No. 2013-23 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Harvest is starting to get going in the central part of the state.  For the most part it’s isolated to early-planted fields.  Yield reports continue to be very positive – almost all have been over 200 bu/acre dry. 

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Don’t get pecked: Stink bugs can still cause problems on rice

Although the rice stink bug numbers have moderated from the extremely high numbers we saw on early headed fields, we are still seeing stink bugs in many fields that are in the last two weeks of heading.  In many cases, kernels at the far end of the panicle may already be at the hard dough

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Bollworms invading some soybean fields, passing others by

Bollworm numbers are very high in soybeans in some locations right now, but overall, populations are extremely spotty.  It’s hard to figure out why they show up in some fields and not others.  We observed a field today that was running 65 bollworm larvae per 25 sweeps, along with an assortment of saltmarsh caterpillars, loopers,

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Arkansas Rice Update 8-23-13

August 23, 2013                          No. 2013-22 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Let it drain, let it drain.  Field draining seems to be picking up speed these days.  Not only that, but the first fields began to be harvested early in the week.  Limited yield comments so far, but what

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