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Muscadine production updates, tour set at Fruit Research Station
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – The latest on breeding, producing, growing and shipping muscadines
will be featured during a workshop and field day Sept. 11 at the Fruit Research Station
of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The event will run from
2:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include several prominent speakers. The workshop is partially
funded by the Arkansas Agriculture Department Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Centennial celebration/field day set for Sept. 25
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension in conjunction with its Lonoke Farm Field Day,
Sept. 25 at the Pearlie S. Reed/Robert L. Cole Small Farm Outreach Wetlands and Water
Management Center in Lonoke.
Red, orange, yellow, run! Rainbow Run, Kids Dash raise money for 4-H program
MOUNT IDA, Ark. – 4-H may be known for its green, but on Saturday, Sept. 6, it’s going
multi-color to raise money for its rapidly growing through its Rainbow Run 5K and
Food safety applies to Fido too
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Food safety isn't just for people. It’s for Fido too.
Ark. crop value losses tallied at $35.6M; figure expected to rise after harvest
LITTLE ROCK – Flooding has caused $35.6 million in lost crop value, but the full extent
of the damage won’t be known until after harvest, according to economists with the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Plant of the Week - Coneflower, Mexican Hat
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Though I’ve known the wildflower Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris) since my childhood growing up on a dryland farm in central Oklahoma, I haven’t thought
of it until recently when I read Michael McGarrity’s 1997 book Mexican Hat on my I-Pad.
After the Emmys — lights, cameras, grapes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — You didn't see it onstage during the glitz and glamor of the
Emmys, but Arkansas earned a best supporting actor award at the star-studded after-party.
Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in six counties; quarantine proposed for 25 counties
LITTLE ROCK – Twenty-five counties in southern and southwest Arkansas could be subject
to quarantine on the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock and ash logs in an effort
to halt the spread of the emerald ash borer, state officials said Tuesday.
Big Creek scientists take innovative approach to study
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The complexities of water movement around a Newton County hog
farm in the Big Creek watershed have prompted researchers to use an innovative approach
to discover how nutrients move above and below ground.
Sept. 9 Manila Cotton Field Day could change NE Ark production practices
KEISER, Ark. – A Sept. 9 Cotton Field Day will feature new research that could alter
the way farmers in northeast Arkansas irrigate their cotton and other crops.
Is using goats, sheep to control weeds and brush right for you?
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – At this time of year while livestock producers who haven’t been
proactive about controlling weeds overtaking pastures are considering using goats
or sheep to do so, goat producers are often thinking free feed and easy money. However,
this isn’t always the case, said David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock
specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Plant of the Week -Cornus Dogwoods, Shrub Dogwoods, Swida
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Every gardener knows dogwood (Cornus florida), but there are almost 60 kinds of dogwoods and, as it turns out, the dogwood everyone
knows is the outlier. Most dogwoods, in fact, lack the beautiful white bracts that
make it such a showy tree in the spring and have more modest floral displays. We have
four of these shrubby dogwoods native to Arkansas.
Gus Lorenz: ‘bug guy’ named distinguished professor
GREENBRIER, Ark. – It’s not uncommon for Gus Lorenz to receive 70 calls a day from
clientele seeking his counsel about insect pest management in their farms. The extension
entomologist and professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
now has a new title: distinguished professor.
‘Biggest Loser’ finalist to lead 4-H bike ride in River Valley
FORT SMITH, Ark. – Joe Ostaszewski, a finalist on “The Biggest Loser,” says the show
saved his life. Now he’s teaming up with the National 4-H Council for a cross-country
bike ride to save kids from the dangers of childhood obesity.
Glimpse into global demands; future of livestock
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Thousands of livestock scientists got a glimpse of the future at
the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science, the American Dairy
Science Association and the Canadian Society of Animal Science in Kansas City.
Plant of the Week - Pink Rain Lily, Pink Fairy Lily
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Pass-along plants are an important tradition in gardening. About
five years ago I was given an odds and ends assortment of bulbs by John C. Gilbreath,
an enthusiastic gardener relocating from the Houston area to Northwest Arkansas. He
passed away during the winter and this year many of those same bulbs made their first
really good show in their new home. One was a rain lily new to me called Habranthus robustus.
Center for Food Animal Wellbeing hosts fourth annual symposium; Grandin, Mench among
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, a unit of the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville,
hosted its fourth annual symposium Aug. 7 on advances and current issues in food animal
wellbeing. Featured speakers included Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University
animal science professor and a designer of livestock handling facilities, who addressed
animal behavior and welfare.
Spotted wing drosophila: fruit-damaging flies on the rise
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fruit-damaging flies are on the increase in at least 18 Arkansas
counties and implementing a weekly insecticide spray program can be the answer, said
Donn Johnson, professor and fruit and nut research and extension entomologist for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Unresponsive scours to deworming or antibiotic treatment may be coccidiosis
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Quite a few sheep and goat producers may have lambs and kids with
dark scours which are unresponsive to standard antibiotic treatment or deworming,
says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The problem is most likely coccidiosis, he says.
Plant of the Week - Hops, Golden Hops
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Yellow leaved plants intrigue me because – if the shade is just
right – they become beacons in the garden, casting their bright cheery color and supporting
all the surrounding plants. But if the shade is off just a bit, the plants look like
some anemic blob suffering from some ill-defined nutritional problem. Golden hop (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’) is one of the vines that got the golden color thing just right.
Experienced cooks won the 2014 Rice Recipe Contest
STUTTGART, Ark. – A love of Mexican food and her family’s habit taking nearly every
meal at home helped fuel a recipe that satisfied both of those needs and a victory
in the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo recipe contest.
National Farmers Market Week: celebration of trust, community, economy, health
LITTLE ROCK – In the past six years, there has been a 76 percent increase in farmers
markets nationwide, and with Arkansas’ farmers markets nearly doubling in the last
decade, the state is ranked among the top 10 for the biggest increase in the number
of farmers markets, according to USDA.
Verma honored with academic leadership award
MONTREAL -- Lalit Verma, head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been honored by American Society of
Agricultural and Biological Engineers for his leadership.
4-H state horse show draws 902 entries, highest in 5 years
SEARCY, Ark. – More than 100 youths from 26 counties added up to 902 entries, making
the 2014 Arkansas 4-H H State Horse Show the largest in the last five years.
Turfgrass field day planned for Aug. 6
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Field day activities for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture turfgrass program will include tours reviewing current research on
golf course maintenance, sports turf, lawn care and landscaping. The field day will
be held Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center
east of Highway 112 on Cassatt Street in Fayetteville.
Kites, balloon collect aerial data for soybean drought tolerance research
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A kite’s no toy to Larry Purcell. Following in the footsteps
of Benjamin Franklin, Purcell flies kites in the name of science.
Animals get hot, too; need relief from heat
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Hot weather affects animals, too. “I am always amazed by the number
of people who ask ‘Do animals really need shade?’” says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative
Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Plant of the Week - Flowering Onion
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – While I try to live a life centered on moderation, I admire people
who are passionate and obsessed about things that interest them. One such individual
is Mark McDonough, a gardener who has a passion for ornamental onion. One of his onions,
Allium ‘Millenium’, is now in bloom in the rock garden and shows the results a long and unwavering
commitment can have on the garden world.
Rice Expo celebrates food, farming and families
STUTTGART, Ark. – For the first time, Arkansas’ rice production will represent more
than half the nation’s output of the grain, attendees at the fourth Arkansas Rice
Expo heard Friday.
New varieties release highlights annual Rice Expo
STUTTGART, Ark. – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture on released
two new long grain rice varieties, and showcased a medium grain that could be grown
for the breakfast aisle as early as next year – all part of the fourth annual Arkansas