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02
May
2016
Rice Research Verification Program Update – May 2, 2016
Author: Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinator

By Ron Baker and Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators South Arkansas: Farmers ran long and hard last week prior to Friday’s heavy rain.  Eight out of nine fields have been planted in South Arkansas. Rainfall amounts since Friday totaled 5.1 inches in Jefferson County to 1.5 to 2.8 inches in Chicot County. The […]

02
May
2016
Soybean Research Verification Program Update for April 29, 2016
Author: Chad Norton, Soybean/Wheat Verification Program Coordinator

By Chad Norton, Soybean/Wheat Research Verification Coordinator Fields in Prairie and Arkansas counties got planted this past week for a total of 7 now planted. Two more fields have been added to the program this year for a total of 14 fields in south Arkansas. Pre-emergence herbicide applications have provided excellent control due to timely […]

27
Apr
2016
Rice Research Verification Program update for April 25, 2016
Author: Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinator

By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Coordinators South Arkansas: The five fields planted in South Arkansas include Arkansas, Desha, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Monroe Counties.  Lee and Ashley are expected to be planted tomorrow (4/26).  Should be able to get stand counts on Desha and Monroe this week.  Rainfall amounts this past week […]

21
Apr
2016
Rice Research Verification Program – April 21, 2016
Author: Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Coordinator

By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators South Arkansas:  The five fields now planted in South Arkansas include Arkansas, Desha, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Monroe Counties.  Pre-emergence herbicides were applied to all five fields and recent rainfall has provided good activation.  The Jefferson County field has been flushed once.  Pre-plant fertilizer has […]

15
Apr
2016
Rice Farming for Profit in 2016
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

After a 2015 season that left many Arkansas rice producers feeling kicked in the gut, 2016 doesn’t look to offer much relief. Rice looks to be the best smelling pig in the pen in terms of penciling out profitability, but margins are tight there as well.  This year we’ll need to make every penny count. […]

14
Apr
2016
Soybean Research Verification Program update for April 14, 2016
Author: Chad Norton, Soybean/Wheat Verification Program Coordinator

By Chad Norton, Soybean Research Verification Program Coordinator As of now there are 12 SRVP fields planned in 2016. To date, 5 have been planted. Rainfall this week has ranged from .7” in Desha to 3.3” in Chicot. Please see linked table for field-specific information (pdf).  

13
Apr
2016
Foliar disease and scab update and 2016 fungicide efficacy table for wheat
Author: Terry Spurlock, Extension Plant Pathologist

By Terry Spurlock, Extension Plant Pathologist Leaf rust, stripe rust, and Septoria leaf blotch were found on wheat prior to flag leaf emergence.  While severity in fields has been variable, some fields were sprayed with 4oz/A of propiconazole (Tilt or equivalent generic).  This application should provide residual control of stripe rust long enough for many […]

12
Apr
2016
Rice Research Verification Program Update for April 11, 2016
Author: Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Coordinator

By Ron Baker and Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators South Arkansas: The four fields now planted in South Arkansas include Arkansas, Desha, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties.  Jefferson and Lincoln County are furrow-irrigated fields. Pre-emergence herbicides for grass, broadleaves, aquatics, and sedges were applied and should be activated with today’s rainfall. Pre-plant fertilizer was […]

06
Apr
2016
Rice Research Verification Program update – April 1, 2016
Author: Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinator

By Ron Baker and Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators South Arkansas:  The Jefferson County row-water field was the only field planted in South Arkansas. Pre-emergence herbicides were applied after planting yet prior to the rain.  Herbicide activation should be achieved if not lost with the measured 5.5” rain.           North […]

29
Mar
2016
Profitable grain sorghum in 2016
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

By Jason Kelley, Wheat and Feed Grains Extension Agronomist, and Gus Lorenz, Nick Seiter, and Glenn Studebaker, Extension Entomologists Arkansas grain sorghum acreage increased dramatically in 2015 with 440,000 acres harvested, compared to only about 40,000 acres in 2010.  Increased interest in grain sorghum was partially driven by very positive basis levels at local grain […]