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22
Aug
2012
Cotton Defoliation
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

 Defoliation has started with some of the earlier planted cotton and dryland fields. The weather forecast continues to look optimum for defoliant applications. There is only a slight chance of rain over the weekend and a fairly clear week ahead. Temperatures remain high; therefore many products and combinations will work well. Most of this dry-land […]

22
Aug
2012
Cotton Update
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

According to the latest crop update released by the USDA, approximately 31% of the Arkansas cotton crop contains an open boll, well ahead of our average 5 year maturity of only 13% at this time.  Several thousand acres of cotton will be defoliated by the end of this week.  The Arkansas cotton crop was rated this week […]

20
Aug
2012
Herbicide Resistant Weed Management Training II Course Registration Form Due Today
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

Herbicide Resistant Weed Management Training II is being offered in three locations from Aug. 29-31.  The first session will be held Aug. 29 at the Craighead County extension office in Jonesboro, the second on Aug. 30 at the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff, and the final session will be conducted Aug. 31 at […]

27
Jun
2012
Regulating cotton growth
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

Several questions regarding plant growth regulators have been asked, especially for specific varieties that are fairly new to Arkansas production.  Keep in mind that a high fruit retention is the best growth regulator for any cotton crop, and if the fields are blooming at 7 NAWF or less, no growth regulators are warranted.  As a […]

27
Jun
2012
Cotton Update for the week of June 27, 2012
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

The Arkansas cotton crop continues to develop at a record pace.  Cotton that was planted the last week of March through early April looks good and has been blooming for 2 weeks now.  The cotton that was planted the third and fourth weeks of April struggled to grow off early due to cooler temps, injury […]

25
May
2012
Move Irrigation To Top Of “TO DO” List
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

This is one of the earliest planted cotton crops in Arkansas history with 80 percent of the crop planted by May 6th and all of it planted by May 15th.  Cotton growth ranges from cotyledons to 10 nodes with 4 squares.  Fields planted the last week of March and first couple weeks of April look good for […]

11
Apr
2012
First 48 Hours Critical For Cotton
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

The warmest March on record has put cotton growers in a frenzy, highly anticipating and gearing up for planting cotton in 2012.  We all know that planting any cotton prior to Easter is a risky decision.  With that being said, there is cotton in Arkansas that is up to a perfect stand in several areas across […]

30
Mar
2012
Ark rice acres could be lowest since ’89
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

JONESBORO, Ark. – Acreage in the nation’s top rice growing state is expected to be at its lowest point since 1989, while corn acres in Arkansas are expected to overtake cotton acres for the first time since 1940, Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Friday. The National […]

01
Mar
2012
New Items Available Under Publications Tab
Author: Kim Rowe, Program Associate

Several helpful publications have recently been made available on www.arkansascrops.com.  These are found by subject (crop, insect, disease, soils) on the Publications page accessed by clicking the Publications tab at the top of the Arkansas Crops home page. The latest publications added to the website are: 2011 Corn and Grain Sorghum Standardized County Hybrid Trials […]

15
Sep
2011
Effective Defoliation: Temperatures Make a Difference
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

Harvest aid applications have been in full force since last week. Pay close attention to the weather forecast, especially temperatures and rain chances before making applications.In cooler temperatures application rates of thidiazuron (Dropp, etc.), ethephon (Prep, etc.) and tribufos (Def, etc.) will need to be increased according to the environmental conditions. If temperatures fall below an average […]