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24
Feb
2017
Requirements to purchase, apply Engenia dicamba herbicide
Author: Bob Scott, Professor & Extension Weed Scientist

By Bob Scott, Extension Weed Scientist This has been a confusing year in weed management and I’m hoping to help clear up some of the confusion about Engenia dicamba herbicide. There are separate requirements for purchasing and applying Engenia, which is a restricted use pesticide, or RUP. To purchase Engenia: You must have a current […]

20
Feb
2017
Arkansas soybean market report for Feb. 13-17, 2017
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2016 Soybean Cash Market lost 4 cents over the weekend and, despite a midweek recovery, moved generally lower for the week of trading.  The market opened on Monday at a statewide average of $10.45, an advantage of 21 cents over the previous Monday opening price.  The market fell […]

16
Feb
2017
Wheat disease update: Stripe rust confirmed in seven counties
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

By Jason Kelley, Extension Wheat and Feed Grains Agronomist and Terry Spurlock, Extension Plant Pathologist With the warm temperatures this winter and relatively little cold weather, it is not surprising that foliar diseases are being found.  As of today, stripe rust has been confirmed in seven counties across eastern Arkansas (see map below), but is […]

15
Feb
2017
February supply and demand for field crops
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist The February 2017 WASDE report for the supply and demand situation of field crops maintains market fundamentals that are resulting in expectations of low commodity prices for the upcoming 2017 crop year. Supplies have historical cycles, and low crop price projections are following corresponding trends of markets with excess supply. […]

13
Feb
2017
Sugarcane aphid-tolerant grain sorghum hybrids for Arkansas
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

By Jason Kelley, Wheat and Feed Grains Extension Agronomist The sugarcane aphid has quickly become the most troublesome pest of grain sorghum in Arkansas since its arrival in the state in 2014.  Producers have insecticide options for aphid control with Sivanto and Transform, but proper timing of insecticide treatments is made difficult by the rapid […]

13
Feb
2017
Arkansas soybean market updates: Feb. 6-10, 2017 and January monthly market summary
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2016 Soybean Cash Market posted a 12 cent gain over the weekend and essentially never looked back with early week gains that held through the last trading days.  The market opened on Monday at a statewide average of $10.24, an advantage of 14 cents over the previous Monday […]

07
Feb
2017
Arkansas soybean market report for Jan. 30-Feb.3, 2017
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2016 Soybean Cash Market lost 27 cents over the weekend.  Perhaps it was an indication of how unusual the coming week would be.  The market opened on Monday at a statewide average of $10.10, gained 1 cent on Tuesday and then had no AMS report on Wednesday.  The […]

06
Feb
2017
Fungicide resistance: an ongoing concern
Author: Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Plant Pathologist

  By Yeshi Wamishe and Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologists   During the 2011 cropping season strobilurin-resistant isolates of Rhizoctonia solon, the causal agent of sheath blight, were confirmed in a few rice fields in Louisiana. This is the same pathogen that causes aerial blight of soybean. This was an “alert” call for Arkansas rice and soybean […]

30
Jan
2017
Confusion Over Dicamba Regulations
Author: Bob Scott, Professor & Extension Weed Scientist

By Bob Scott, Extension Weed Scientist There has been some confusion over the regulations on dicamba that were put in place this year for the state of Arkansas.  I want to note, that while Division of Agriculture Weed Scientists are asked to provide data and input on many herbicide related issues, ultimately this was a decision […]

30
Jan
2017
Arkansas soybean market report for January 23-27, 2017
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist A 10 cent weekend loss in the Arkansas 2016 Soybean Cash Market was an indication of the coming weekly trend as price moved slightly lower for most of the week, reaching a statewide average of $10.37 on Friday to end the week.  The Friday statewide average placed the market 18 […]