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6
Apr
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for March 30-April 3, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 1 cent weekend gain posted by the 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market turned into a solid rally that extended through most of the abbreviated pre-Easter trading week. Price opened on Monday with a $9.75 statewide average. The good start continued through Wednesday as price rose each trading day before suffering a partial correction on […]

6
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 […]

3
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 […]

1
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 […]

1
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 […]

31
Mar
2015
Arkansas Rice Update 3-31-15
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

March 31, 2015                           No. 2015-6 Dr. Jarrod Hardke Planting Progress The weather out there hasn’t exactly made an optimist out of anyone.  The northeastern corner of the state caught rain and snow(!?) on Friday.  South of Jonesboro, things started rolling on Saturday (3/28) with the first confirmed rice planting of the season, and things have […]

31
Mar
2015
Trends in net returns for Arkansas field crops
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Decreased commodity prices led to decreased 2014 net returns for all Arkansas field crops. Excellent yields in 2014 supported net returns from the effects of lower crop prices. Historical yield records were realized for cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat. Grain sorghum had the second highest yield on record. Net returns to land and management […]

30
Mar
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for March 23-27, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

Going down! The past weekend saw the 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market rose 9 cents to open on Monday with a $9.90 statewide average. But hopes of continued market gains were quickly dashed as price fell each successive trading day of the week. The market closed on Friday at a $9.74 closing statewide average, a […]

30
Mar
2015
Conventional corn and soybean budgets
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Planting conventional corn and soybeans offers price premiums in limited markets for some Arkansas producers. Conventional corn and soybeans have lower seed costs but entail greater expenses for chemicals. Producers should consider the yield potential of conventional seeds compared to genetically modified seeds. Lower yields from conventional seeds could decrease revenue and offset price premiums. […]

30
Mar
2015
N-STaR Frequently Asked Questions
Author: Trenton Roberts, Research Assistant Professor, Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Trent Roberts, Extension Soil Fertility Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist In an effort to respond to growing interest in the N-STaR program for rice, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about N-STaR.  If you have additional questions, please contact us for more information. 1.     What does N-STaR measure? N-STaR soil […]