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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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Join us in Stuttgart on August 2 for the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo

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August 2nd promises to be an action-packed day filled with activities and information for the entire family at the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.  The expo will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with registration and exhibits.  Field tours by U of A Division of Agriculture specialists begin at 8:30

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Safe handling of anhydrous ammonia

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The agriculture community has used anhydrous ammonia as a low cost, highly effective nitrogen-based fertilizer for years.  It’s prevalence in the farming community makes it easy to sometimes forget that this a dangerous chemical and should be handled with caution and care.

The word, “anhydrous”, means without water. When anhydrous ammonia comes in contact with

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Use caution when handling grain

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The task of grain handling on the farm and at grain handling facilities can be quite dangerous.  Farmers and workers need to be aware of common hazards when handling all grains including but not limited to corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, and milo.  Grain bins, in particular, can be hazardous and need to be operated with

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Post-storm farm cleanup safety tips

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Chainsaws are a great tool around the farm and unfortunately, can be a very dangerous one also.  After the recent snow and ice storm, chainsaw use is in high gear.  Here are a few basic chain saw safety tips:

Personal protection and clothing are important

Use eye protection, a helmet and full face shield is

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Make safety a priority for farm kids

Did you know that in 2011 there were over 2.2 million farms in the United States and approximately 1.03 million youth under the age of 19 were living on those farms?

Farms can be a wonderful and exciting environment for children, but without proper training and supervision, they can also be dangerous.  Here are some

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Make plans now for the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Monday, December 17, is the last day discounted room rates will be offered by the Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio, Texas. Those are the headquarter hotels for the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 7-10.

The National Cotton Council urges cotton industry members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, consultants, equipment and service

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Winter weather brings potential hardship: Prepare now

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November 12th through the 16th is National Winter Weather Awareness Week which makes it a great time to review a few winter safety topics on the farm and in the automobile.

Check out the cars and trucks that you drive. 

Is the antifreeze at the correct level? Check to be sure that your windshield washing

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It’s equipment maintenance time: Weld safely

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This time of year you might find yourself in the shop rather than in the fields.

One of the most common activities in the shop is—you guessed it—welding. What a great time to refresh our mindset on basic welding safety.

Wear boots and the proper protective clothing; always use approved welding gloves. Don’t look at

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