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Arkansas Rice Update 4-18-14

April 18, 2014                              No. 2014-6 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, Dr. Bob Scott, and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

Rain, rain, go away. I think we’re all getting a little tired of it these days. As sure as we complain about it now, we’ll be wishing for it again in a month. Never more than

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 18, 2014

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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

Three corn verification fields were planted this week. Lonoke, St Francis and Lee counties were all planted this past weekend before the rain. Lonoke and Lee County both applied Dual herbicide, which was activated with a good rain. Hopefully the last

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Arkansas Rice Update 4-12-14

April 12, 2014                              No. 2014-5 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

The race is on this weekend.  It’s time to see how much rice we can get in the ground before the next round of rain hits.  With all the activity getting cranked up today I’ll be very surprised if we haven’t doubled

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 11, 2014

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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

The second of eight anticipated corn verification fields was planted on Saturday April 5 in White County.  The field is 40 acres and planted with Armor 1550PRO at 34,000 seeds per acre.  I visited the field on April 10 and the

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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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Arkansas Rice Update 3-28-14

March 20, 2014                           No. 2014-2 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Gus Lorenz Planting Progress

A number of fields now have rice in the ground after (somewhat) favorable conditions this week.  Conditions were right to get a lot of ground prepared for the season and where people felt like they could also get some planted they

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Blackbirds Attacking Newly Planted Rice

We’re starting to receive reports that in certain areas blackbirds are falling into rice fields right behind the drill.  In some cases (Picture 1) the number of blackbirds hitting fields is extremely high.

Picture 1. Blackbirds entering a rice field to feed on freshly planted rice seed.

This spring, a new seed

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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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Corn Planting Considerations

It seems that the roller coaster weather pattern continues in Arkansas, but hopefully we are moving in the right direction.  High temperatures are forecasted to be in the 60’s to near 70 the next few days.  Along with very windy conditions, wet fields are likely to dry fairly quickly.  Although air temperatures are warming, soil

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