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Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for April 7-11, 2014

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

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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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USDA Prospective Plantings report

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:

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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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2014 Crop Budgets Available

The University of Arkansas 2014 Crop Budgets are now available on-line. Users have the option of accessing the budgets in one of two (2) formats; pdf or Microsoft Excel.

The budgets can be found at the link below.

http://www.uaex.edu/depts/ag_economics/default.htm

Comments:

Based on current commodity prices and cost of production, Arkansas growers would be expected to

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New Arkansas Rice Production Handbook Now Available

The new Arkansas Rice Production Handbook is now available under the Publications tab (located near the top of the Arkansas Row Crops home page).

You can also visit http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/MP-192.asp to view/download the complete publication or individual chapters.

Printed copies of the handbook should be available after the first of the year.

Let us know if

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Fall Nitrogen Recommendations for Winter Wheat

Fall-seeded wheat generally does not require N fertilizer for establishment. Fall-applied N or preplant N can aid in the establishment of wheat under specific planting conditions and crop rotations, but should be managed on a case-by-case basis. Previous research has suggested the need for fall-applied N to help compensate for the large amount of crop

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Arkansas Rice Update 8-30-13

August 30, 2013                          No. 2013-23 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Harvest is starting to get going in the central part of the state.  For the most part it’s isolated to early-planted fields.  Yield reports continue to be very positive – almost all have been over 200 bu/acre dry. 

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Soybean rust discovered in Arkansas; Aerial blight showing up

Soybean rust was found yesterday, August 7, for the first time in Arkansas this year.  U of A Program Technician Amanda Greer made the discovery in a commercial soybean field at growth stage R5 near Halley in Desha Co in Southeast Arkansas.  This is the same county in which SBR was first detected in 2012. 

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Corn weed control: Capreno and Halex GT receive aerial labels

Arkansas just received a Section 24(c) Special Local Need label for aerial application of Capreno and Halex GT herbicides in corn. This will hopefully help those producers who have been unable to get into the field with ground rigs due to frequent rainfall. Keep in mind the corn growth restrictions. Any tank mixtures with atrazine

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