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Crop Budgeting for 2014 Wheat

This fall there are two key economic issues to consider in wheat production: lower grain prices and fertilizer costs.

A  year ago, July ’13 wheat futures traded at $8.67.   Today, July ’14 wheat trades at $7.04.  The decline in wheat prices over the past year equates to about $98 per acre on an average 60

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September 2013 Arkansas FSA Crop Acreage Released

September 2013 FSA Certified Crop Acreage

The table below contains the FSA certified planted crop acreage information for Arkansas as of September 17, 2013.  This information is subject to change as further updates are released each month.  The final report for the year will be released in January, including final harvest acreage information.

CountyCornCottonRiceSorghumSoybeanWheat TOTAL855,736291,9731,050,616117,5973,200,308650,591

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August 2013 Arkansas FSA Crop Acreage Released

August 2013 FSA Certified Crop Acreage

The table below contains the FSA certified planted crop acreage information for Arkansas as of August 15, 2013.  This information is subject to change as further updates are released each month.  The final report for the year will be released in January, including final harvested acreage information.

CountyCornCottonRiceSorghumSoybeanWheat TOTAL808,022256,323971,631102,0472,782,372646,106 Arkansas57,0091570,8281,293161,84728,156 Ashley45,72715,9814,53342143,1549,838

Benton616——7911,169

Boone132———-

Bradley403———-

Carroll713———-

Chicot55,55010,15824,5861,537113,95617,900

Clark407–1,4801234,4182,158

Clay37,93332,21664,6062,204114,14312,515

Cleburne14——28–

Conway2,873–1,70425417,7208,675

Craighead45,33754,18756,9602,984110,28412,128

Crawford2,378–2171,03012,0102,857

Crittenden8,7606,03412,2807,990116,03959,816

Cross12,4113,49865,3155,500160,72422,215

Desha64,6606,8289,5131,967126,6677,288

Drew21,2274,4967,1165131,9123,837

Faulkner928–1,815646,4373,282

Franklin396–62–1,426597

Greene21,5975,76161,5681,91162,87612,010

Hempstead——–183100

Hot Spring80–405–1,521133

Independence6,234–7,7551,68930,5604,294

Izard47——59119

Jackson14,55442252,1832,29788,55926,592

Jefferson54,2872,66055,438950110,04926,305

Johnson1,218——3,2011,425

Lafayette15,9056483,1642228,26411,089

Lawrence10,915–83,3562,85467,8826,219

Lee10,7179,6286,6515,39158,24350,112

Lincoln27,7727,51911,97827071,6914,309

Little River7,823–4433099,35910,430

Logan2,727—-225,5033,077

Lonoke43,8122,36266,899479113,45718,692

Madison———-234

Miller18,046–1151,24513,88828,703

Mississippi24,60857,80318,7753,546198,68567,960

Monroe28,8471,53237,1137,257114,53931,831

Nevada26———-

Perry264–9472932,035292

Phillips64,7414,32318,17724,748203,37943,819

Poinsett20,79311,63561,4142,251141,78430,460

Pope541–1,531–8,4044,336

Prairie13,05551546,82451889,15410,971

Pulaski4,773593,3711,01317,8275,999

Randolph8,516–29,0601,76736,8711,156

St. Francis18,21116,37226,47712,225132,20623,962

Sebastian398—-3802,6421,274

Sevier———-592

Stone31——1,278667

Washington207——39279

White8,797–9,84778429,1436,107

Woodruff19,4021,67146,6734,208130,65916,958

Yell1,602–454–6,8793,167

Wheat Freeze Damage Potential

Wheat Field

I’ve gotten several calls over the last day or so about possible freeze damage for Saturday morning.  The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for much of central and northeast Arkansas for the early morning hours of Saturday morning, with most forecasts calling for temperatures dropping to the mid 30’s, but above freezing. 

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Prospective Plantings report: Ark cotton, rice acres down

GETTING READY — A spray buggy runs ahead of the planter to get a pre-emerge herbicide down as corn planting season begins in Chicot County, Arkansas. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Gus Wilson.)

Arkansas’ cotton acres were expected to plummet, and rice acres to shrink slightly in 2013, but winter

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Late Season Foliar Disease Management in Wheat

Commentary from Dr. Gene Milus on wheat foliar diseases

The combination of adult-plant resistance, fungicides, and warm, dry weather has slowed stripe rust development during the past two weeks. However, favorable temperatures for stripe rust are forecast for the next week or so, and stripe rust likely will increase in fields of susceptible (Progeny 117,

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