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31
Oct
2017
Gulf Urea Prices Retesting 2017 Highs
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

Last week marked the third straight week of higher urea prices in the NOLA (New Orleans) region. Average prices rose 2% week-over-week to $250 per ton, from $245 the previous week. The highest weekly average for urea prices seen this year was in the week of January 22nd, when prices average $253 per ton.  Historically, […]

30
Oct
2017
Arkansas Crop Progress (Oct. 29, 2017)
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

Harvest is winding down in Arkansas.  In Monday’s Crop Progress report, NASS estimated that soybean harvest was 89% complete as of October 29 and cotton harvest was 82% complete.    Soybean harvest compares to 91% complete at this point last year and the five year average pace of 82% .  Cotton harvest also lags last year’s […]

30
Oct
2017
The rice disease management mantra: Match the field to the variety
Author: Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Plant Pathologist

By Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Pathologist Knowing rice cultivar responses to diseases ahead of planting along with knowing your field history is advantageous when it comes to managing rice diseases. It is important to match your field history with the variety of your choice. For instance, planting blast susceptible varieties in historically blast prone fields […]

27
Oct
2017
Arkansas soybean market report for Oct. 23-27, 2017
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2017 New Crop Soybean Market lost 1 cent over the weekend and opened trading on the past Monday at $9.47.  Price moved lower each succeeding day of the week before posting a modest rally on Friday.  The closing statewide average on Friday was $9.39, an overall loss of […]

24
Oct
2017
Arkansas soybean market report for Oct. 16-20, 2017
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist A 7 cent loss over the past weekend gave the Arkansas 2017 New Crop Soybean Market a weakness that carried through the entire past week.  The market opened on Monday at $9.62 and suffered losses of 7 and 8 cents, respectively, on Tuesday and Friday.  The lone positive day was […]

24
Oct
2017
2018 Crop enterprise budgets now available
Author: Breana Watkins, Program Associate - Agricultural Economics

By Breana Watkins, Program Associate, Agricultural Economics The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture has released the 2018 Crop Enterprise Budgets. Budgets are available as a printed manuscript and as interactive files that allow users to change inputs and prices to fit each producer’s unique situation. Budget summaries present side-by-side comparisons for surface irrigated, center […]

23
Oct
2017
Oct. 26 Webinar: U.S. Rice Market Faces Tighter Supplies and Higher Prices in 2017/18
Author: Bobby Coats, Professor of Economics

By Bobby Coats, Professor of Economics Join us for the next Food and Agribusiness Webinar on Thursday, October 26 at 3 p.m. during which Nathan Childs will explain the reasons behind and implications of the expected decline in U.S. rice supplies in 2017/18 on prices, trade, and use. In addition, major factors driving the global […]

16
Oct
2017
Rice Decisions for 2018
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

By Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist As we wrap up harvest it’s already time to make planting decisions for 2018.  It’s turned out to be a great year for rice yields and prices have improved so there is a lot more optimism right now than this time last year. Based on multiple years of advanced […]

16
Oct
2017
Arkansas soybean market report for Oct. 9-13, 2017
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The Arkansas 2017 New Crop Soybean Market lost 2 cents over the extended Columbus Day holiday weekend before starting a climb that saw price improvement every trading day of the week.  Price opened on Tuesday at $9.25 and posted gains of 6 to 28 cents on each day.  The Friday […]

12
Oct
2017
Arkansas Crop Production Update (Oct. 12, 2017)
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

USDA made relatively few changes this month to Arkansas’ crop production forecast.  No acreage or yield changes were made this month in regard to soybeans or cotton. However, there were some adjustments to the state average corn and rice yields. Based on conditions as of October 1, Arkansas’ corn yield is expected to average 179 […]