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Arkansas peanut harvest exceeds expectations

The 2013 Arkansas peanut crop is on track to have the highest yield and grade since peanut production returned to the state in 2010.  Last year was a very good year for peanut production with an average yield of 4,500 lb/A and grade of 73.  Though 40% of the runner peanut crop has yet to

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Late season rains contribute to spread of SBR across Arkansas

Soybean rust has been confirmed in eighteen Arkansas counties:  Arkansas, Chicot, Cross, Drew, Desha, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, Randolph, White, and Woodruff.  The number of positive counties is similar to mid-October in 2012 with a total count of 20.  Most of these observations were made within the past ten

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Peanut disease alert: Sclerotinia blight of peanut detected in Arkansas

Sclerotinia blight was detected earlier this month in a commercial peanut field near Pocahontas, AR.  This is a common soilborne disease of peanut in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, and North Carolina; however, until now it has not been reported in Arkansas.  In fields with a history of sclerotinia blight it is common to have pod losses

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Know your soybean diseases: Don’t be fooled by doppelgangers

Several soilborne soybean diseases occur in Arkansas that may look somewhat similar upon casual observation.  It is important, however, to accurately distinguish which is which because yield loss potential, as well as disease management and prevention may be radically different.  The following is a comparison of symptoms associated with southern soybean stem canker (SC), sudden

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Considerations for late season peanut diseases and determining when to dig

Though planting was delayed due to cool, wet weather in the spring and wet, cloudy conditions during pegging and pod formation were less than ideal for peanut production, overall, the crop is looking good to excellent.  This year half of the total acres (~11,000) were planted in high oleic runners (GA09B, FloRun 107 and FL

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Drought conditions restrict risk of SBR in Arkansas

Since SBR was detected close to a month ago no new positive samples for SBR have been found in the state.  Although SBR has continued to spread in the southeastern US where conditions have favored disease development, limited rain and high temperatures in the Southeast Arkansas where it was initially discovered this year, have restricted

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Cotton disease alert: Corynespora leaf spot has been detected in Arkansas

Corynespora leaf spot has been detected in several commercial cotton fields on a few varieties (FM 1944, ST 5458, and PHY 499) in Craighead, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Woodruff counties.  This disease has been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other southeastern cotton producing states, but until now it has not been a concern for

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Soybean rust update and forecast

No new positive samples for SBR have been reported since August 9 in Arkansas.  According to Mississippi extension plant pathologists, SBR has not been found on the Mississippi side of the Mississippi River.  This area would be adjacent to fields positive for SBR reported earlier this month in Arkansas.   Based on the

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Soybean rust field day slated for August 20th

Since ASR has been found in multiple fields in SE Arkansas, there is a field day scheduled for next Tuesday, August 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m. for anyone interested in looking at rust in the field.  Desha Co. Staff Chair Wes Kirkpatrick, will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot (US Hwy 65/165 south) in McGehee at 9:30.  Attendants will follow

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Soybean rust update: Current activity and management considerations for Arkansas

Soybean rust (SBR) was reported on August 9 in two commercial soybean fields near Baxter and Jerome in Drew County in Southeast Arkansas.  Soybeans were at R6 growth stage in both fields.  Pustules were found on ~40% of the leaves inspected and disease severity was a little higher (1 to 100 pustules per leaflet) compared

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