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14
Jul
2014
Corn disease alert: Southern rust confirmed in Southern and Northern Arkansas
Author: Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist

Southern rust was detected last week (July 7, 2014) near McGhee, Eudora, and Rector, AR.  This was the first report of 2014 season and one week earlier than 2013, when it was found near Caraway.  In the south, hot spots had ~ 50 pustules/ leaf (Fig. 1) on a few leaves in the field.  The […]

11
Jul
2014
Arkansas Rice Update 7-11-14
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

July 11, 2014                              No. 2014-18 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, Dr. Bob Scott, & Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress Frank Sinatra had “the world on a string.”  If he were in charge of the weather these days, it would be a Yo-Yo string he had ahold of.  Up and down we go, temperatures and […]

11
Jul
2014
Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for July 7-11, 2014
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The old crop cash soybean market continued its second week of decline.  A 6 cent loss over the weekend put the past Monday statewide average at $13.48, 44 cents under the previous Monday.  Market price fell each trading day of the past week and entered the sub-$13.00 level for only the second day this year.  […]

11
Jul
2014
Fungicides for major rice diseases: Timing, rates, and contents
Author: Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Plant Pathologist

Fungicides need to be applied at the right rate and time to provide the best benefit in your well managed fields. Moreover, foliar fungicides need to be mixed with adequate amount of water to provide good coverage.                                     […]

11
Jul
2014
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – July 11, 2014
Author: Kevin Lawson, Program Associate - Corn & Grain Sorghum Verification

Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator) Irrigations on corn fields continue in between rain showers.  Several producers have commented on how they will begin irrigation but have stopped because it rained.  We continue to scout for disease, but everything is clean. White sugarcane aphids have been found […]

11
Jul
2014
Soybean research verification program update – July 11, 2014
Author: Chris Grimes, Program Associate - Soybean/Wheat Verification Coordinator

Rainfall was more abundant in the northern part of the state this week. Insect and disease pressure has increased in the verification fields this week, with a couple of the fields requiring treatment for both insects & diseases. Despite the recent rainfall some of the fields need irrigation. We are still cleaning up the late […]

7
Jul
2014
Leaf blight showing up in some grain sorghum fields in Arkansas
Author: Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist

Leaf blight is a foliar disease of sorghum that infrequently occurs in Arkansas was observed earlier this year. A low level of leaf blight (1-2 lesions per plant on <1% of plants in a field) was detected in a few grain sorghum fields across central Arkansas. Leaf blight was observed in the lower to mid-canopy […]

4
Jul
2014
Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for June 30 – July 4, 2014
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The old crop cash soybean market fell 35 cents over the weekend break to a Monday statewide average of $13.92.  Market price seemed to have stabilized on Tuesday, but then moved sharply lower on both Wednesday and Thursday.  The market ended the shortened trading week on Thursday for the 4th of July holiday with a […]

4
Jul
2014
Soybean research verification program update – July 3, 2014
Author: Chris Grimes, Program Associate - Soybean/Wheat Verification Coordinator

Rainfall and amounts were from .45” to 7” this week on the verification fields. Despite the saturated conditions the beans continue to progress. Insect and disease pressure remains below treatment levels in all the verification fields this week. We are still cleaning up the late planted fields with herbicide applications in preparation for irrigation. County […]

3
Jul
2014
Arkansas Rice Update 7-3-14
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

July 3, 2014                                No. 2014-17 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, Dr. Bob Scott, & Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress More record-breaking rainfall this week.  I don’t see anyone standing up to collect a medal for it though.  The majority of rice has reached the reproductive stage and midseason fertilizer applications are being made. Few […]