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Rice and Advice, Ep. 02: Rice Preplant and Early Season Fertility (4/15/21)

Drs. Jarrod Hardke and Trent Roberts discuss rice fertility and application timings for phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, as well as the use of starter fertilizers in rice. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 07: Soybean Weed Control Programs for 2021 (4/14/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 7. In this episode of the Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Dr. Tommy Butts and Dr. Jeremy Ross discuss soybean herbicide programs across trait technologies, Arkansas dicamba regulations, recommended varieties, and other useful tips for successful soybean weed control. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 06: Recommended Cover Crops and Termination Options (4/7/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 6. Ryegrass is not recommended as a cover crop because of its weediness and herbicide resistance that is prominent in some regions.  In this podcast, cereal, legume, and brassica cover crops are discussed.  The weed management benefits of these cover crops as well as problems are highlighted.  Recommendations are made for termination of these cover crops. 

Rice and soybean seed treatment considerations for 2021 (4/2/21)

Extension entomologists Nick Bateman, Gus Lorenz, and Ben Thrash discuss rice and soybean insecticide seed treatment considerations for the 2021 growing season. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 05: Weed Control and Carryover Questions in Corn and Grain Sorghum (3/31/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 5. The fifth podcast in the Weeds AR Wild series focuses on 2021 recommendations for weed control in corn and grain sorghum crops. Discussion will also include questions regarding potential herbicide carryover issues to these crops. 

Rice and Advice Ep. 01: Rice Seeding Rate Decisions (3/30/21)

Discussion of rice seeding rate recommendations and standard adjustments to those rates, comparing grain yield and net return scenarios for different seeding rates, and final desired rice plant stands to target. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 04: Rice Weed Control Programs for 2021 (3/24/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 4, In this episode of the Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Dr. Tommy Butts discusses rice herbicide programs and the power of residuals, and also provides other strategic weed control recommendations for 2021. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 03: Current Status of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Arkansas Rice (3-17-2021)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 3, This podcast provides an overview of weed resistance to rice herbicides in Arkansas, with specific focus on barnyardgrass, sedges, weedy rice, Palmer amaranth, and Pennsylvania smartweed. The percentage of sampled fields with resistance is discussed, and the question of whether resistance to one ALS herbicide means loss of all herbicides having this mode of action is addressed in the podcast. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 02: Resistant Palmer amaranth (pigweed) discussion and 5 key points for management plans in Arkansas row crops (3-10-21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 2, If you pay attention to social media or read popular press articles lately, you may have heard or read about the recent finding of glufosinate-resistant populations of Palmer amaranth, commonly called pigweed, in Arkansas. Today, I will be discussing key management points for growers and consultants to be thinking about prior to making weed control program decisions for the 2021 season. Download episode transcript. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 01: 2021 Burndown Applications and Ryegrass Control (3-2-21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 1, Burndown herbicide applications play an important role to remove winter annual broadleaf vegetation and control Italian ryegrass ahead of planting our crops. The first podcast in the Weeds AR Wild series focuses on 2021 recommendations for burndown herbicide applications, winter annual broadleaves, and Italian ryegrass herbicide resistance and management. Download episode transcript.


Ep. 18 - Harvest Aid Tips in Rice (8-24-20)

Tips on using sodium chlorate as a harvest aid in rice. Dos and Don’ts of sodium chlorate in rice.

Ep. 17 - Drain Timing for Flooded and Furrow-Irrigated Rice (8-19-20)

Review of rice drain timing recommendations for flooded and furrow-irrigated rice based on number of days, general kernel color, and soil type. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 16 - What is BCI and how do growers sign up?

This podcast will help to provide a better understanding of the process BCI uses to help facilitate continuous improvement for producers to become more efficient and sustainable and to ensure the supply chain has confidence in that they are getting the sustainable cotton they want. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 15 - Foliar vs. Soil Applied Nitrogen Fertilizers in Rice

Discussion of foliar vs soil applied nitrogen fertilizer in rice during reproductive growth stages. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 14 - Rice Growth Stages & Fungicide Timing

Generalized overview of reproductive growth stages of rice and how to use them to time fungicide applications. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 13 - Midseason N and Beyond

Discussion of rice midseason nitrogen application timing for varieties and boot nitrogen application timing for hybrids. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 12 - Fertilizing & Flooding Early Rice

Discussion of factors to consider for taking early planted small rice to flood. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 11 - Staying Safe on the Farm through COVID-19

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Ep. 10 - Getting Sprayers into Tip-Top Shape for 2020

Pesticide applications, specifically spring herbicide burndowns, are beginning to gear up across Arkansas. This podcast highlights inspection, calibration, and maintenance of spray equipment to make sure they are in optimal working condition for the 2020 growing season. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 9 - Cover Crops: Is it too Late to Plant? 

Being flexible in response to weather challenges is a big part of farming.  Our target planting dates for cover crops have passed for most producers and many are asking if it is now too late to plant them. It is not too late. This podcast addresses modifications that should be considered now to help ensure the success of the cover crops in meeting your goals. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 8 - Cover Crops: Improving Biodiversity and How that Benefits Cotton

The use of cover crops is a big part of a plan to improve soil health.  Increasing the diversity of your cash crop and cover crops is one of the four basic ideas that USDA-NRCS promotes. This podcast addresses cover crop selection, the impacts of cover crops on biodiversity and how this benefits cotton. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 7 - Herbicide Technologies in Rice 

Comparison of FullPage, Clearfield, and Provisia rice systems. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 6 - Fall Weed Control 

Fall weed control is an important component in managing weeds from a systems approach, specifically by reducing additions to the soil seedbank. Strategies for controlling late-germinating Palmer amaranth, Italian ryegrass, and problematic perennial weeds in the fall are discussed. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 5 - Rice Milling Issues

Reasons for recent rapid decline in rice milling yields. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 4 - Fall VS Spring Applications with Trent Roberts 

Determining the best time for phosphorus and potassium applications can be tricky. Let us help you decide which fields are better candidates for fall vs. spring application timings of pre-plant nutrients. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 3 - 2019 Rice Harvest Update with Jarrod Hardke 

Rice harvest progress as of 9/20/19. Discussion of false smut issues, rapidly dropping grain moisture, and drying charges. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 2 - Rice Harvest 2019 Progress with Jarrod Hardke 

Discussion of rice harvest 2019 progress. Dealing with rapidly dropping grain moisture and green plants. Using sodium chlorate in lower moisture rice. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 1 - Rice Harvest Aids with Jarrod Hardke 

Discussion of sodium chlorate use as a harvest aid in rice. Timing, rates, and impacts on grain yield milling yields. Download episode transcript.