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15
Aug
2014
Arkansas Rice Update 8-15-14
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

August 15, 2014                         No. 2014-23 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress Harvest!  Actually received word of some rice in the state being cut this week.  Many more fields are being actively drained, and all signs point to the pace picking up.  Rain this weekend and early into next week […]

23
Jul
2014
Corn and Grain Sorghum Irrigation Termination
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

For the most part, we have had a relatively cool and wet summer across Arkansas that has allowed us to reduce the number of irrigations on corn and grain sorghum. Driving around the state, it is hard to tell much difference between non irrigated corn and grain sorghum fields and fully irrigated fields. As we […]

09
Jun
2014
Wind Damage in Corn
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

Recent storms that have rolled through the state have unfortunately brought high winds with them. I’ve gotten several calls about corn that has snapped and corn that has been blown over. Green snapped corn and corn that has blown over are two different problems, although most of the time you will have both problems in […]

09
Jun
2014
Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for June 2-6, 2014
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The past week of old crop cash soybean trading opened well at $14.99, an 8 cent weekend gain, but then proceeded into a sharp decline throughout the week to a Friday closing average of $14.52, the lowest daily statewide average since May 7 (Figure 1).  The Friday average left the market with an overall 39 […]

02
May
2014
Identification of Corn Leaf Stages
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

I have gotten several calls over the last week or so asking about corn growth stages, specifically how to count leaves. Most years this is fairly simple to determine leaf stages from V1 to V5. However this year many early planted fields have had some light frost damage and the lower leaves will likely disappear […]

25
Apr
2014
Arkansas Rice Update 4-25-14
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

April 25, 2014                              No. 2014-7 Dr. Jarrod Hardke & Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Planting Progress Better lucky than good? Some locations missed out on most of the rain on Monday and were able to keep rolling this week. The same thing happened again on Thursday, with some locations back in the field this morning and others […]

25
Apr
2014
Wheat Disease Update – April 25
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

Wheat diseases continue to be at unusually low levels. Septoria leaf blotch is the most prevalent disease and can be found on lower leaves at most locations and moving up the plant at some locations. A few leaf rust pustules and patches of barley yellow dwarf were found at Marianna, and some powdery mildew was […]

14
Apr
2014
Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for April 7-11, 2014
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The past week of trading was literally a “hump” week as the market lost 12 cents over the weekend to a Monday statewide average of $14.66 and climbed to a $14.96 peak on Wednesday before giving back all of the gains a Friday closing average of $14.63 (Figure 1).  The closing statewide average represented a […]

11
Apr
2014
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 11, 2014
Author: Kevin Lawson, Program Associate - Corn & Grain Sorghum Verification

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 […]

31
Mar
2014
USDA Prospective Plantings report
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist - Risk Management

The USDA released its March Prospective Plantings report today at 11:00 CDT.  This report provides the results of the first NASS survey of U.S. farmers planting intentions for 2014. Corn: U.S. farmers intend to plant 3.7 million acres less corn in 2014 with total planted acreage estimated at 91.69 million acres versus 95.37 million in […]