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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 […]

15
Apr
2015
Bacterial panicle blight of rice in Arkansas
Author: Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Plant Pathologist

About the Disease Bacterial panicle blight (BPB) is an important disease in Arkansas rice that has caused huge losses over the years, including 1995, 2010 and 2011. The cause was identified about 1996 by LSU scientists, but the problem has likely been around for a long time in the United States, often called something else. […]

06
Apr
2015
Managing seed rots and seedling diseases of rice
Author: Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Plant Pathologist

Seed Rots Seed rotting microbes can be associated with seeds from storage, fields from the previous season, or soil and water through secondary infection. Rotting seeds become mushy and may be surrounded by gooey substances or white moldy growth due to microbial activities (Figure 1). Certain environmental conditions such as puddled spots also favor seed […]

03
Apr
2015
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 3, 2015
Author: Kevin Lawson, Program Associate - Corn & Grain Sorghum Verification

Corn and Grain Sorghum Update – Dr Jason Kelley (Wheat and Feed Grains Specialist) Corn planting has gotten underway in Arkansas, especially in the central and southern portions of the state that missed some of the earlier rains.  The Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service report that was released on Tuesday (March 30) for last week’s planting […]

01
Apr
2015
AV-1011 Bird Repellent for Rice Receives Section 18 Emergency Exemption
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

AV-1011 Bird Repellent for rice seed has received a Section 18 emergency exemption for use in Arkansas until June 15, 2015.  This product has shown to be effective at preventing bird depredation of rice seed. Rice seed treated with AV-1011 is approved for use in drill, water, and broadcast systems.  The use-rate for AV-1011 is […]

01
Apr
2015
Last Minute Burndowns and PRE Herbicides
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

Judging by the phone calls lately, growers in Arkansas have been able to farm the last 2-3 days at least in a few select areas.  April is here and the feeling of urgency is in the air.  Many growers are scrambling to make final burndown applications and plant something.  Most of the questions I get […]

24
Mar
2015
Corn Planting Dates – How Late Can We Plant
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

The wet weather pattern we have been stuck in for the last 5-6 weeks continues. As of writing this article, I have not seen a planted corn field yet, and don’t expect any will be planted this week with fields being wet and more rain forecasted for Wednesday or Thursday. However the wind is blowing […]

16
Mar
2015
Spring Burndown: Many options available, choose the right mix for the right situation.
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

Finally sunshine two days in a row and everyone is chomping at the bit to get something done.  Judging by the phone calls, burndown applications are first on the priority list.  The rain has us running a little late on the calendar for burndown applications, but if you look at what is growing in the […]

06
Mar
2015
Barnyardgrass Workshop Set For Monday, March 9th at Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, AR
Author: Tom Barber, Extension Weed Scientist

The Roy J Smith Barnyardgrass Workshop will begin at 9:30 AM and run through 3:00 PM on March 9 at the Grand Prairie Center (Barnyardgrass Workshop Program).  The presenters will highlight the most current research and information on management of barnyardgrass in all Southern crops. In addition to speakers from Arkansas, barnyardgrass experts from Mississippi, […]

02
Mar
2015
Getting Grain Sorghum Off To a Good Start in 2015
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

Grain sorghum acres appear set to greatly expand in 2015. Arkansas had 165,000 acres in 2014 and many indications are that acreage may double in 2015. Grain price in relation to other commodity prices seems to be the big driving factor for increased acreage, although some areas will have additional markets to sell grain sorghum, […]