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Statement from Dr. Jean-Francois Meullenet, director of the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Warm, dry days taking a toll on rice; researchers working to breed heat resilience
STUTTGART, Ark. – The heat of the day is tough on crops, but it’s the heat of the
night that keeps Arkansas rice growers worried. By Sarah Cato.
Sara Gardner wins Governor’s Award; Maloch, Rutledge honored for 4-H support
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A young woman with her sights set on the governor’s mansion,
the state attorney general and a state senator were all honored Wednesday at Arkansas
4-H’s biggest night – the Awards of Excellence banquet.
Rohwer Field Day: Unraveling the mysteries of taproot decline; use of ag drones
ROHWER, Ark. – Superb sleuthing among plant pathologists in three states helped track
down the culprit whose symptoms included soybean seedling death, yellow leaves and
Improved stink bug sampling technique could save rice growers money, energy
LONOKE, Ark. – As rice begins to head in Arkansas many producers are checking fields
for rice stink bug, but their sampling technique could be costing them money.
Fierce storms strip leaves from soybeans, damage farm buildings
LITTLE ROCK – Chainsaws became the soundtrack this week as Arkansans cleaned up after
storms Saturday unleashed a barrage of large hail, high winds and lightning that left
behind downed trees, damaged homes, farms and businesses, and thousands without electricity.
Use caution, common sense when dealing with damaged trees
LITTLE ROCK – Managing downed, bent or damaged trees can be something of a perennial
task in Arkansas, but in the wake of recent, wide-spread storms, experts with the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are urging Arkansans to employ
caution and good judgment when considering “problem” trees in their vicinity.
Growing bollworm populations could be a ‘budget buster’ for Arkansas cotton growers
LONOKE, Ark. – Worries over growing bollworm populations are amplified by possible
resistance to dual gene technology.
State titles, Governor’s Award to be given at 4-H Arkansas State O-Rama
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— Hundreds of youths will descend upon the University of Arkansas
Fayetteville campus for one of the largest 4-H gatherings in the state.
Division of Agriculture to launch produce safety education campaign ahead of USDA,
LITTLE ROCK – Over the last decade, news of widespread, food-borne illnesses, often
connected with bacteria such as E.coli, has become more increasingly common. In March
of this year, an outbreak of E.coli, eventually traced back to a farm in Yuma, Arizona
— the country’s lettuce production capital — sickened more than 200 people in dozens
of states, and caused at least five deaths, including one Arkansan.
Virtual blackberry field day brings the farm to you
LITTLE ROCK— Commercial and blackberry growers: the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture is bringing your fruit’s Aug. 15 field trip from Washington
County’s Stay-N-Step Farm directly to your device.
Hot, dry weather leaves Arkansas rice producers with tough-to-fight weeds in fields
LITTLE ROCK – Rough weather conditions caused many Arkansas rice fields to be overrun
with grassy weeds.
Peach field day brings experts, growers together for sweet relief
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — A crowd of about 75 peach experts and growers — both commercial
and hobbyist — gathered last week for an in-depth exploration of challenges facing
growers and breeders throughout the state.
Severe storm damages turfgrass research, cancels field day
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A brief but violent storm that swept through Fayetteville Monday
damaged research structures on the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center,
resulting in the cancellation of a turfgrass research field day and likely loss of
a year’s worth of data.
Researcher offers pointers on keeping pastures healthy in hot, dry summers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ summer has come on hot and dry, presenting challenges
for maintaining healthy pastures, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal
science and forage researcher for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Byrd Lake Natural Area Appreciation Day planned
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Residents from across Arkansas are invited to participate in the
Byrd Lake Natural Area Appreciation Day. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until
noon, July 21 at the Byrd Lake Natural Area, located at 43rd St. in Pine Bluff. Partners in the event include Keep Arkansas Beautiful, the City
of Pine Bluff, and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
Three-peat? Calhoun Co. 4-H forestry team heads to West Virginia seeking third national
title for Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – The 2018 Arkansas 4-H champion forestry team is not skimping on training
time in their effort to bring home for the national title for the third time in a
Recognizing symptoms of prussic acid, nitrates key to johnsongrass management
LITTLE ROCK — Forage management has always been the foundation of a successful livestock
operations in Arkansas and elsewhere, and keeping a close eye on those forages in
drought conditions is fundamental to that success.
Gov. Hutchinson to be keynote at national ag law/tech conference in Little Rock
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the agricultural
law and technology conference Aug. 15-16 that’s co-sponsored by the National Agricultural
Law Center, National Association of Attorneys General and Arkansas Attorney General
Planning, comparing vacation prices can give your overworked wallet a break
LITTLE ROCK – While vacations may be a necessity for mental and physical health, they
can also be expensive. Laura Hendrix, Associate Professor of Personal Finance and
Consumer Economics for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
has some tips for taking that mental break without breaking the bank.
Updated DD50 program improves accessibility, accuracy for rice management
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Improvements and updates to the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture’s DD50 rice management program provide more accurate reports
and easier access, especially on mobile devices.
Cover crops, weeds, irrigation on agenda for Aug. 3 Arkansas rice field day
STUTTGART, Ark. – The Arkansas Rice Field Day is back Aug. 3 at the Rice Research
and Extension Center and this year’s event features a pair of two-hour field tours
that will cover the spectrum of production issues including breeding, irrigation,
weed, disease and pest management, and fertility.
Entomologist returns home to battle Arkansas pests
LITTLE ROCK – After receiving a doctorate degree in entomology from Mississippi State
University, Arkansan Ben Thrash is coming home to serve as the new extension field
crop entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Growing drought squeezing Arkansas cattle producers
LITTLE ROCK – Drought has put its grip on nearly 80 percent of Arkansas and the state’s
ranchers are having to make decisions to handle rapidly dwindling amounts of forage
for their cattle.
All lined up: Row rice acreage more than doubles in 2018
STUTTGART, Ark. – In parts of Arkansas, the signature sweeping curves of rice field
levees are being replaced by straight rows, a change that can provide significant
cost savings for growers.
Refined treatment threshold in the works for fall armyworm in Arkansas rice
LONOKE, Ark. – Fall armyworms, a common pest of soybeans, pastures and lawns, has
developed a taste for rice and extension entomologists are working on management methods
to help producers.
LITTLE ROCK – An organization of volunteers whose feats include helping Arkansans
recover following the great Mississippi River flood of 1927 and encouraging childhood
vaccination statewide during the 1980s is looking forward to new generations of members
who will keep its educational and service legacy alive.
Camp teaches youths about livestock and life skills
Arkansas ag economics professors receive prestigious national award
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association
named two University of Arkansas agricultural economics and agribusiness professors
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review Fellows because of their outstanding research
Sole searching: Turfgrass researchers seek least damaging golf shoes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After hours of patient mowing, fertilizing and irrigating, there
are few things golf course superintendents hate more than seeing their pool-table-smooth
greens shredded by spike-shod players.
SIDEBAR: Flamboyant shoes and demi-pliés: The rigors of turfgrass research
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – So, how exactly do you simulate 30 rounds of golf on 128 turfgrass
plots? With grad students.