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By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of Agriculture
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LITTLE ROCK — Agronomists and researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture are making timely recommendations and professional insights even more
readily available to producers, consultants and anyone who cares to listen through
Row Crop Radio, a new podcast series.
Podcasting — a media platform that makes audio recordings available for episodic download
over the Internet — has grown in popularity since its inception in 2004, and podcasts
can now be accessed through a wide variety of free mobile apps, as well as through
the Division of Agriculture’s website.
Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist, has hosted four of the five episodes currently
available, discussing topics related to the 2019 rice harvest and milling issues.
Trent Roberts, extension soil fertility specialist and associate professor of crop,
soil and environmental science for the Division of Agriculture’s Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station, recorded an episode as well, dealing with spring and fall nutrient
The episodes are intended to be timely updates on current issues important to growers,
Hardke said, without bogging the listener down in lengthy explorations of arcane subject
“We don’t intend for them to be lengthy podcast episodes,” he said. “They’re going
to be primarily geared toward shorter bites of information that will be easy for growers,
consultants and industry stakeholders to just listen to going down the road, on the
tractor, or wherever they may be, instead of stopping to read something.
“With a five- to 10-minute podcast segment, we can say a lot in a short amount of
time,” Hardke said. “There’s an ease of explaining things verbally, that can become
much more difficult when written.”
As of this week, Hardke said the podcast had been downloaded more than 500 times.
“Considering we just began it in August, I’m fairly pleased with that number,” he
said. “It takes time to develop a following, and there’s just less to talk about at
this time of the year, in the world of agriculture.
“Our next step is to get some content related to other commodities up,” Hardke said.
“Right now, we’re in the middle of trying to get the crop out, as opposed to a lot
of major production issues. It might be that the winter is a better time to post some
slightly lengthier podcasts, perhaps more open-ended conversations.”
To access Arkansas Row Crops Radio, visit https://www.uaex.uada.edu/farm-ranch/crops-commercial-horticulture/RowCropsRadio.aspx, or search for it in your preferred podcast listening app.
To learn about row crop agriculture production in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative
Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter at @uaex_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation
to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate
office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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