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Pop up fertilizers: What you need to know

Pop up fertilizers are commonly used in some corn growing areas in the country.  The practice consists of applying a few pounds of nutrients with the seed at planting.  Planters are retrofitted with commercially available attachments that accurately deliver the desired volume of liquid fertilizer.  This practice should not be confused with “starter fertilizers” which

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Arkansas Crop Progress as of April 7

Rains and cool temperatures continue to slow planting progress and crop development. Today’s Crop Progress report released by the Arkansas NASS office indicated that only “2.8 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 6, 2014”.  Planting progress for corn, rice, grain sorghum and soybeans is at or near that of 2013

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Soybean cash market and forward booking prices in Arkansas for March 31-April 4, 2014

A 27 cent weekend gain to a $14.74 average on Monday followed by an increase of another 20 cents on Tuesday seemed to set the stage for a strong week in the 2013 Crop Soybean Cash Market, but price quickly fell back 24 cents on Wednesday before stabilizing to end the week (Figure 1).  The

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Arkansas Rice Update 4-4-14

April 4, 2014                                 No. 2014-4 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Rick Norman, Dr. Bob Scott, and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

I’m guessing around 5% of rice is in the ground to date.  Most of it is isolated in places that have lucked into dry conditions.  A number of fields went in early this week ahead of

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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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