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Prospective Plantings report shows Ark soybeans, cotton up; rice, corn, sorghum down
JONESBORO, Ark. – Soybeans and cotton acreage are expected to expand in 2017 compared
to last year, while rice, corn and grain sorghum acres will slide in a landscape shaped
by markets, cost of production and ability to borrow, experts with the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said on Friday.
Late freeze hits Arkansas peach industry hard
BOONE COUNTY, Ark. — While the story of how weather conditions will ultimately affect
Arkansas row crops in 2017 has as yet to be written, the state’s specialty crops have
already seen the year’s first casualty.
To shade or not to shade: no one asks the cattle
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Providing shade for grazing cattle is a hotly debated topic among
producers and animal science researchers.
How do you like your blackberries? Survey seeks consumer tastes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A survey conducted by the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture aims to give fruit breeders information they need to give consumers
what they want in new blackberry varieties.
Online database can help ag professionals, homeowners diagnose herbicide injury to
NEWPORT, Ark. – Agriculture professionals and homeowners now have an online reference
if they suspect their plants have sustained injury from herbicides.
OFPA meeting to be held April 11-12 in Springdale
SPRINGDALE, Ark. — “The Evolving Food Industry” is the theme of the 111th Ozark Food
Processors Association Convention April 11 and 12.
Philipp: Old hay that won’t feed cattle could feed soil
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Age, mold, winter and water can take their toll on the nutrient
value of hay bales, but old bales can bring new life to the soil, said Dirk Philipp,
associate professor-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division
Pest experts warn of renewed pressure from redbanded stink bugs, kudzu bugs after
LITTLE ROCK — Entomologists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
said this week that the mild winter of 2016-2017 will likely mean Arkansas producers
— especially those in the state's southernmost counties — will face renewed pressure
in soybeans from two pests that only recently appeared in Arkansas.
Give your ash trees a fighting chance: Treat NOW for ash borer
LITTLE ROCK – If you want your ash trees to stand a fighting chance against the emerald
ash borer, now through mid-April is the time to treat your trees this invasive pest,
say insect and tree experts for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Seven students, mentors named regional winners in Soybean Science Challenge
LITTLE ROCK — Seven budding scientists, researchers and producers were recognized
recently as winners of the 2017 Soybean Science Challenge regional science fair awards,
highlighting projects that may lead the way toward the next great advancements in
the state’s top row crop.
Staying sane over spring break
LITTLE ROCK— It’s that time of year again where the kiddos get a well-deserved break
from school just in time to enjoy the warmer temperatures.
Red imported fire ants active early this year in Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Warmer temperatures coupled with a few heavy rains have made
the invasive fire ant population in Arkansas active earlier than normal.
Want to help Oklahoma ranchers? Check your hay for fire ants
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansans who want to help fire-stricken ranchers in Oklahoma
should be sure to understand federal fire ant quarantine rules before trying to donate
hay across state lines, said Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Freezing temps may put precocious winter wheat at risk
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’ winter wheat growers will be watching their precocious crops
closely for freeze damage after a couple of weeks of roller coaster temperatures,
said Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Research highlights effectiveness of precision agriculture in fight against pests
MONTICELLO, Ark. — As Arkansas row crop production has increasingly shifted away from
cotton and toward soybeans, and as scouting methods have become better and more heavily
used in the popular crop, growers and researchers have begun to zero in on one of
the industry’s most persistent pests: the plant pathogenic nematode.
What is the Division of Agriculture?
LITTLE ROCK – When it comes to agriculture in Arkansas, there are three names that
come up: The Division of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and Bumpers College.
While they all deal with agriculture, the Division of Agriculture offers research,
extension and other programs in all 75 counties.
Producer meeting focuses on toxic fescue, other livestock topics
BATESVILLE, Ark. — Toxic fescue pastures can cost beef producers a lot, but University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture research has developed practices that can
minimize or even eliminate losses.
Screenings Set for 'The Favored Strawberry' Sustainability Project Film
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – From farm to film and one side of campus to the other, several
departments at the University of Arkansas have collaborated on a documentary highlighting
the nation's strawberry industry.
Governor signs bus seat belt bill into law; began as a Lincoln County 4-H member’s
LITTLE ROCK — What started as a young 4-H member’s scare from a family car accident
has turned into a law that gives Arkansas residents the legal framework to ask their
local school districts to require seat belts on school buses purchased after 2018.
Applications for regional strategic planning assistance due March 23
LITTLE ROCK – Multi-county regions looking to identify new economic opportunities
and implement strategies to create, retain and attract jobs can apply for technical
assistance as part of a national initiative, Stronger Economies Together.
Division of Agriculture geneticist searching for new approaches to help cattle producers
avoid toxic syndrome associated with common forage grass
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — While much of the research conducted by the men and women of
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture plays out on the macro level
— crops in the field, food on the table — scientists at the Division are also working
at the micro level: pursuing the scientific underpinnings of agriculture, finding
solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the state’s producers.
2017 Breakthrough Solutions Conference set for June 7-8
LITTLE ROCK— With the global economy evolving rapidly, and rural Arkansas still feeling
the aftermath of the 2007 economic downturn, development is a major priority for many
communities. Community and regional leaders will have a fresh opportunity to learn
what works in this 21st century global economy on June 7-8, at the 2017 Breakthrough Solutions Conference
and pre-conference workshops.
Ticks become active as temperatures warm
With the warmer temperatures in February, we are seeing an earlier occurrence of ticks.
Throughout much of February, I’ve picked up a few adult lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum). Tick species that survive winters in leaf litter, soil or other protected areas
will become active and search for a host when temperatures warm. Tick abundance is
influenced by habitat type, environmental conditions and availability if suitable
At Pigposium 3, weed scientists urge growers to get off the ‘resistance treadmill’
FORREST CITY, Ark. – Finding ways to halt the “resistance treadmill” was a key message
from weed scientists on Tuesday at Pigposium III, a daylong event hosted by the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture focused on herbicide resistant Palmer amaranth.
Online certification course for Arkansas Engenia, Enlist Duo applicators now available
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas crop producers planning to use Engenia and Enlist Duo for the
2017 growing season must fulfill certain requirements to use the products in Xtend
or Enlist cropping systems, said Tom Barber, extension weed scientist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.