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2014 Commodity Calendar

The link below includes a monthly listing of release dates for key USDA reports such as:  Crop Progress, Export Sales, Crop Production, Supply/Demand (WASDE), Acreage, and Grain Stocks.

2014 Commodity Calendar

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin release of its’ weekly U.S. Crop Progress reports on Monday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m.

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 4, 2014

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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

The first corn verification field was planted in Clay County on Wednesday April 2.  The field is 65 acres and is planted with DeKalb DKC 63-87 at 34,000 seeds per acre.  I will head up that way next week and start

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Managing bacterial panicle blight: Research gives helpful clues

“Be proactive” – this is the best approach to beat the unexpected effects of sporadic diseases such as bacterial panicle blight (BPB) of rice.  Looking back, the rice yield and quality losses we had in 2010 and 2011 were enormous.  Having most of the conventional varieties still susceptible to BPB and with no chemical options

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Are you maximizing control with your herbicide application?

This is an interesting time in Arkansas agriculture as new technologies are on the horizon in many crops and resistant weeds are becoming more prevalent in all crops and across multiple modes of action.  We have screened multiple samples of barnyardgrass that contain 3-way resistance to Propanil, Facet, and Newpath (ALS) chemistry.  Also annual and

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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:

USDA Prospective Plantings report

Arkansas Rice Update 3-28-14

March 20, 2014                           No. 2014-2 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Gus Lorenz Planting Progress

A number of fields now have rice in the ground after (somewhat) favorable conditions this week.  Conditions were right to get a lot of ground prepared for the season and where people felt like they could also get some planted they

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – March 28, 2014

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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

Some of the verification producers talked about planting this week, but with the rain and cold in the forecast we decided to wait until next week.  As soon as fields dry up next week, the majority of the fields will go

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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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Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for March 17-21, 2014

A modest 2 cent weekend gain in the 2013 Crop Soybean Cash Market put the Monday statewide average at an even $14.00.  Price then rose strongly throughout most of the week before suffering a major correction lower on Friday (Figure 1).  The peak of the week occurred at $14.42 on Thursday before falling to a

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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – March 21, 2014

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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

Producers are still waiting to plant verification fields.  I took a soil temp on March 20 at 9:00 a.m. at Grady and the temp was 45 degrees.  That is still below the 50 degrees we need for corn to germinate and

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