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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Agriculture would not be the same today without the life of W.C.
“Bill” Yearian Jr., the former University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
entomology professor and department head who pioneered research on pest management
and guided many graduate students to success.
2022 crop enterprise budgets now available online
LITTLE ROCK — The 2022 crop enterprise budgets from the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture are now available online at http://bit.ly/2022-crop-budgets.
YEAREND: Most Arkansas fruit crops rally after shaky start to 2021
LITTLE ROCK – After floods in 2019 and unseasonably warm winter temperatures in 2020,
Arkansas fruit growers faced a different extreme at the start of 2021: back-to-back
freezes that put the state’s fruit crops in peril. Except for peaches, Arkansas’ strawberry,
blackberry and blueberry crops survived, though, finishing the year with smaller but
still successful harvests.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Navam Hettiarachchy, a professor and researcher with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named a Fellow of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS).
YEAREND: Pandemic uncertainties turn to relief as beef markets open up; challenges
remain for 2022
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An element of uncertainty for beef producers coming into 2021
turned to relief as retail markets reopened and people began eating out again after
a year of lockdown because of COVID-19.
Extension’s ‘adulting’ podcast equips teens, young adults with Grown Up know-how
LITTLE ROCK — There are some things that high school just doesn’t teach. Though teens
may feel academically prepared for college or ready to take on a job, they often find
themselves unprepared for some of the responsibilities that accompany those big milestones.
YEAREND: 2021 continues rollercoaster for timber industry
MONTICELLO, Ark. — 2021 has been a rollercoaster! Softwood lumber prices have seen
at least four wide swings in prices, both up and down, since the pandemic started
in 2020. And that roller coaster hasn’t stopped in 2021. With each new wave of COVID-19,
the demand for lumber and the production of lumber have been disproportionate, creating
tremendous instability in both the lumber and construction industries.
YEAREND: Arkansas poultry stays strong in 2021. Division of Agriculture works to keep
it that way with sustainability and animal well-being initiatives.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture supports several initiatives
to ensure the state’s poultry industry continues to grow with a forward-looking focus
on environmental sustainability and animal well-being.
YEAREND: Arkansas ag endures epic insect numbers, flooding, tornadoes, but ends with
record rice, cotton yields
UNDATED — Arkansas row and field crops endured a 100-year flood and epic insect numbers
but still ended the year with record cotton and rice yields and higher crop prices.
YEAREND: Markets in recovery mode, farmers see land values increase
UNDATED — A global economy loosened from a pandemic’s grip has bright spots in terms
of farm income and land values, but COVID-19 is still influencing supply chain and
consumer behavior, according to a report released Friday by the Fryar Risk Management Center of Excellence.
YEAREND: Arkansas soybean growers make the best of a challenging year
LITTLE ROCK — Now that nearly every last soybean has been harvested from the fields
of Arkansas, Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, can put the harvest in perspective. “We had a good
year,” Ross said. “But we could’ve had a really good year.”
YEAREND: Arkansas cotton yields hit record high despite unpredictable weather
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Unpredictable and spotty weather left some Arkansas cotton fields
a soggy mess while other areas saw record yields in 2021.
YEAREND: Arkansas peanuts remain attractive
LITTLE ROCK — Peanuts proved to be a popular, if somewhat niche, investment for Arkansas
growers in 2021. Andy Vangilder, agriculture and natural resources extension educator
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said that as long as
growers can get about 5,000 pounds in yield per acre, peanuts will remain an economically
attractive crop for the foreseeable future.
YEAREND: Arkansas rice harvest sets new record despite milling challenges
STUTTGART, Ark. — A win is still a win, even with an asterisk. For several years now,
Arkansas rice yields have been chasing the record, set in 2013 and then tied in 2014,
of about 168 bushels per acre. After four years of hovering at 167, it looks as though
the state’s growers are closing in on a new record, at or very near 169 bushels. The
catch, however, comes after the harvest.
Citizen committee to hear forest management plans, tour site at Pine Tree Station
Thirty-seven Arkansas 4-H members attend centennial National 4-H Congress in Atlanta
LITTLE ROCK – Thirty-seven Arkansas 4-H members are back from National 4-H Congress
in Atlanta, where they were recognized for their achievements and continued learning
about leadership, citizenship, global awareness and inclusion.
HOLIDAYS: Prepare early to make tax filing easier
LITTLE ROCK — As the year winds down, taxpayers can prepare early for the 2022 tax
YEAREND: Arkansas pumps up corn, grain sorghum and winter wheat production
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Despite severe flooding in southeast Arkansas this year, the
state’s farmers produced a banner year of corn with a state average of 183 bushels
40th Horticulture Industries Show brings sessions for growers, epicures to Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The annual Horticulture Industries Show will mark its 40th anniversary Jan. 13-14 at the Graduate Hotel in Fayetteville, with sessions appealing
not only to growers of all types and levels, but also epicures, brewers and vintners.
High global fertilizer costs leave growers facing tough choices in 2022
LITTLE ROCK — Consumers are facing rising costs in many sectors, but American farmers,
in particular, are seeing a financial squeeze several months down the road, with global
fertilizer prices now two to three times what they were in 2020.
Five-year plan turned into 34 years at UA-Monticello for retiring professor, Paul
MONTICELLO, Ark. — What started with a plan to move on in five years, turned into
a three-plus-decade love affair between Professor Paul B. Francis and the University
of Arkansas at Monticello.
SIDEBAR: Retiring professor Francis builds scholarship to keep helping students
MONTICELLO, Ark. — Professor Paul Francis, who is bringing a 34-year career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello to a close, wants to continue to help students,
even in retirement.
Cooperative Extension Service to return to in-person winter production meetings in
LITTLE ROCK — Winter production meetings, a long-running staple of the Cooperative
Extension Service’s efforts to help Arkansas growers succeed from field prep to harvest,
will again be in-person throughout the state in 2022.
Extension Service honors excellence, service among peers
LITTLE ROCK — Cooperative Extension Service faculty and staff continued to find innovative
ways to reach Arkansans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that dominated much of 2021
— from creating virtual field trips and podcasts to offering virtual learning opportunities.
Poultry science researchers fine tune chicken sprinkler technology
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — It may sound counterintuitive, but chickens can stay cooler in
hotter environments if it is a dry heat. They just need a little spritz of water every
now and then, and a breeze to create a windchill effect.
HOLIDAYS: How to care for the festive poinsettia plant during and after the holiday
LITTLE ROCK — The vibrant red, green and white foliage and flowers of the poinsettia
plant make it a favorite gift and decoration during the holiday season and beyond. With the right care, the plant can thrive throughout the year.
Stuttgart rice station hosts row rice, soil fertility meeting Dec. 9; attend in person
STUTTGART, Ark. — The Arkansas County Extension Office will host a meeting featuring
updates on a row rice production and soil fertility meeting on Dec. 9 at the Rice
Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart to help growers plan for 2022.
2021 Arkansas Agriculture Profile offers comprehensive look at ag’s role in state
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Agriculture in Arkansas continues to maintain a position of strength,
contributing more than $19 billion to the economy, said Jennie Popp, co-author of
the Arkansas Agriculture Profile, a publication that highlights the industry’s economic contributions.
Once thought rudimentary, complexities of mosquito hearing may be useful for entomologists
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Sshhh … mosquitoes are listening. Granted, they are probably
not listening to you, but researchers have found that the ability of mosquitoes to
hear and respond to sounds is more complex than once believed, said Emily McDermott,
assistant professor of entomology for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
HOLIDAYS: Think outside the gift box
LITTLE ROCK — With end-of-the-year shopping in full force, personal finance experts
are warning against overspending and starting the new year in debt.