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13
Mar
2015
Decreased input prices for crops in 2015
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Lower input prices will ease some of the financial stress due to lower 2015 crop prices. Decreased prices for fertilizer and diesel fuel will offer support of net returns for all crops, but especially for crops requiring nitrogen and energy as relatively large components of total inputs. In accordance with decreased input prices since November […]

12
Mar
2015
Who’s afraid of the big bad sugarcane aphid?
Author: Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist

With prices good for grain sorghum (compared to other crops) there is a lot of interest in growing the crop this year. We can’t begin to tell you how many calls we’ve had with growers about growing some grain sorghum this year. Many of the calls revolve around the concern about sugarcane aphid. There are […]

9
Mar
2015
Arkansas soybean market reports for March 2-6, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market suffered a 22 cent weekend loss, but that was only an indication of things to come as price fell each remaining day of the trading week. The market opened on Monday with a $10.23 statewide average and then posted losses each trading day before finishing on Friday with a […]

6
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, […]

6
Mar
2015
Additional Farm Bill webinar and workshops added in March
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts: * Four additional in-person workshops have been added to the March calendar * Workshops in Jonesboro, Forrest City and Wynne * One additional webinar added March 5 LITTLE ROCK  — University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture experts will be delivering four additional decision aid workshops, as well as an additional online webinar, […]

6
Mar
2015
Irrigation Expo set for March 10, 2015 at Stuttgart
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts: Arkansas Irrigation Expo rescheduled March 10 at Stuttgart Agenda covers pumping, remote sensing, cover crops and more Event to be held at Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart Arkansas Irrigation Expo set for March 10 at Stuttgart LITTLE ROCK – Organizers have set a new date – March 10 – for the Arkansas Irrigation […]

4
Mar
2015
Transform WG approved for sugarcane aphid control in grain sorghum under Section 18
Author: Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist

The Arkansas State Plant Board has received authorization for use of Transform WG (sulfoxaflor) insecticide for sugarcane aphid control in grain sorghum under the Section 18 emergency exemption.  Take note of these important points: A report of each application must be made to the Plant Board within 10 days of application The exemption expires October 31, […]

2
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, […]

27
Feb
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for February 23-27, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market posted a modest 2 cent weekend gain and then trended higher for the remainder of the trading week. The market opened on Monday with a $10.14 statewide average. Despite a Wednesday correction, the market had gains on four trading days of the week and finished on Friday with a […]

26
Feb
2015
Cotton base acreage in the 2014 Farm Bill
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Cotton is no longer a covered commodity eligible for enrollment in programs contained in the 2014 Farm Bill. Existing 2013 cotton base acreage is now generic base acreage. Generic base acreage is allocated annually to each covered crop planted. This is a departure from previous farm bills in which established base acreage was fixed. Generic […]