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17
Jul
2015
Corn and Grain Sorghum Irrigation Termination
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

The end of the irrigation season is in sight for many of our early planted corn and grain sorghum fields. For the most part this year we have had to irrigate less than some years due to abundant rainfall, but recent high temperatures and lack of consistent rainfall makes having adequate soil moisture to maturity […]

17
Jul
2015
Soybean Research Verification Program Update for July 17, 2015
Author: Chris Grimes, Program Associate - Soybean/Wheat Verification Coordinator

Rainfall amounts were scattered again this week on the verification fields. Irrigation has become a priority on fields in the north and remains a constant in the south. Insect and disease pressure has been light in the verification fields, with the exception of Chicot and Phillips counties requiring treatment for stinkbugs. Please refer to information […]

08
Jul
2015
Southern rust returns to Arkansas
Author: Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist

By Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist Southern rust was detected this week (July 6, 2015) near Lonoke, Altheimer, and Tupelo, which are located in Lonoke, Jefferson, and Jackson Counties, respectively. These are the first confirmed reports of southern rust for the 2015 cropping season. Disease severity in these fields ranged from 50 pustules on one […]

06
Jul
2015
Stink Bugs In Grain Sorghum – When Do We Treat?
Author: Glenn Studebaker, Extension Entomologist

We have been getting a lot of calls on stink bugs in grain sorghum and there has been some confusion on when to treat for these pests. Similar to other crops, the treatment level for stink bugs is dependent upon the growth stage of the sorghum plant. Because stink bugs feed on the developing seed, […]

26
Jun
2015
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – June 26, 2015
Author: Kevin Lawson, Program Associate - Corn & Grain Sorghum Verification

Corn and Grain Sorghum Update – Dr. Jason Kelley (Wheat and Feed Grains Specialist) This week has been the warmest of the year across much of the state with highs in the mid-to upper 90s’.  One Little Rock meteorologist mentioned that one day earlier this week was the warmest since September 2013, which puts things […]

23
Jun
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for June 15-19, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market lost 4 cents over the weekend and opened the past week of trading on Monday at a statewide average price of $9.42, a decline of 5 cents from the previous trading week.  Old crop price proceeded to take a steady, upward climb that extended through Thursday before weakening slightly […]

22
May
2015
Managing Ammonia Volatilization Losses from Urea in Less than Ideal Conditions
Author: Trenton Roberts, Research Assistant Professor, Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

It’s that time of year again. Time to apply sidedress N to corn and grain sorghum and apply preflood N in rice. Unfortunately the weather has not been as cooperative this year as many of us would have liked, but there is still time to make the best out of a bad situation. If the […]

18
May
2015
Rice Research Verification Program Update – May 15, 2015
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

South Arkansas: Three fields Chicot, Desha and Arkansas Counties have received N-STaR fertilizer applications and are being flooded. The Jefferson County field is cracking and all other fields are from 4 leaves to tillering stage. A low uneven hybrid stand (1 leaf – tillering) in Chicot County made it difficult for management decisions. Pre-emergence herbicides […]

23
Apr
2015
Wheat Progress and Disease Update
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

Wheat in Arkansas is progressing rapidly. The April 20th Arkansas Agriculture Statistics Service Crop report indicated that 14% of the crop had headed compared to 4% last year and 37% for the 5-year average. Overall the cool weather this spring has delayed development, but I still feel like we are a few days further along […]

20
Apr
2015
Grain Sorghum Planting Dates and Sugarcane Aphids
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

Article by:  Jason Kelley, Gus Lorenz, Nick Seiter, and Glenn Studebaker It seems we have been stuck in a wet weather pattern since Mid-February that has delayed top-dress nitrogen on wheat, limited field work and has slowed planting progress of most of our summer crops. Some areas of the state have been fortunate and have […]