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Tips for Managing Rice Seedling Diseases

Seedling diseases can prevail in any rice field. However, their likelihood can be reduced with proper management. Seed rots and seedling diseases are generally “complex” meaning there can be more than one causal agent in a field. In fields with seedling problems, pathogen structures such as mycelia may easily be detected on the collar of

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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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Plan ahead to make profitable decisions about rice disease management

I hear some saying that the crop season in 2014 will be a “normal” one following such a severe winter.  Although I did not like the winter, my wish is that the cold temperature has effectively suppressed rice pathogens.  However, since we cannot be sure of this and the source of inoculum for all diseases

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Attention Arkansas soybean producers: Sustainability assessment due by March 10, 2014 for a chance to win free seed!

The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture in cooperation with The National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture (NISA) is conducting an on-line assessment of the sustainability of the Arkansas soybean industry.  The National Sustainable Soybean Initiative (NSSI) is working toward streamlining sustainability for soybean growers by creating a coordinated national framework for assessing sustainability and communicating

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2011-2013 Arkansas Rice Performance Trials now available

The 2011-2013 Arkansas Rice Performance Trials (ARPT) are now available by clicking the link or on the Publications tab of the Arkansas Row Crops blog.  Printed copies will be available at county Extension offices in January.

Information from previous years can be found on the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture or Arkansas Variety Testing

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2013 Cross Reference Guide for Common Soybean Varieties

Every year, the same soybean variety may be sold by several different seed companies under different brand names.  Two varieties that are genetically the same may not perform the same side by side in the field due to differences in environmental conditions and management practices among seed increase production fields.  How the seed is handled 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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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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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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