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Pop up fertilizers: What you need to know

Pop up fertilizers are commonly used in some corn growing areas in the country.  The practice consists of applying a few pounds of nutrients with the seed at planting.  Planters are retrofitted with commercially available attachments that accurately deliver the desired volume of liquid fertilizer.  This practice should not be confused with “starter fertilizers” which

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Managing bacterial panicle blight: Research gives helpful clues

“Be proactive” – this is the best approach to beat the unexpected effects of sporadic diseases such as bacterial panicle blight (BPB) of rice.  Looking back, the rice yield and quality losses we had in 2010 and 2011 were enormous.  Having most of the conventional varieties still susceptible to BPB and with no chemical options

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Are you maximizing control with your herbicide application?

This is an interesting time in Arkansas agriculture as new technologies are on the horizon in many crops and resistant weeds are becoming more prevalent in all crops and across multiple modes of action.  We have screened multiple samples of barnyardgrass that contain 3-way resistance to Propanil, Facet, and Newpath (ALS) chemistry.  Also annual and

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Arkansas Rice Update 3-20-14

March 20, 2014                           No. 2014-2 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Bob Scott Wait for it, wait for it…

We’re so close to planting time that you can almost feel it.  A few jumped the gun in the past week and put some rice in the ground.  Soil temperatures are still cold (~49°F on Friday) and

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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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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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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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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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