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Deep freeze inflicts widespread damage to fruit crops, leads growers to consider options
DOVER, Ark. — After the February storms that locked Arkansas in record snowfall and
sub-zero temperatures, Kenny Drewry is considering a few changes on his farm.
Groundwater withdrawal rights to be discussed in ag law webinar
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Many agricultural producers rely on groundwater for irrigation,
but regulations for withdrawing it can vary from state to state.
New report outlines economic trajectory for Arkansas’ timber industry
MONTICELLO, Ark. — If you are a building supplier, the economic outlook for 2021 is
looking better than expected following the COVID-19 pandemic. If you operate a family-owned
tree farm and want to harvest stumpage, 2021 is looking financially flat, with an
overabundance of trees in Arkansas and the South.
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station releases new white-flesh peach
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Whitewater, a new peach from the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station’s fruit breeding program, features a low acid, white flesh fruit that ripens
Arkansas native, former SWREC station director named head of Alabama Extension System
AUBURN, Ala. — Mike Phillips, an Arkansas native and former director of the Southwest
Research and Extension Center in Hope has been named director of the Alabama Cooperative
Arkansas’ deep freeze may deep-six part of fire ant population; flies likely unaffected
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A week of record-low temperatures may leave its mark on Arkansas’
fire ant populations, but don’t look for the cold to have reduced fly or tick numbers,
Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, said Friday.
Arkansas station director honored with Distinguished Service Award
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Research Center Administrators Society has bestowed its 2021
Distinguished Service Awards to Vaughn Skinner, resident director of the Milo J. Shult
Research and Extension Center in Arkansas.
As options dwindle, new resistance emerges in pigweed
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On Monday, Tom Barber, extension weed scientist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, announced that he and several fellow researchers
had confirmed a strain of glufosinate-resistant Palmer amaranth — commonly known as
pigweed — in Mississippi County.
Low temperatures break records across Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK — Temperatures plunged to record lows across Arkansas Tuesday morning,
falling to single digits or even negative numbers, even in the southernmost reaches
of the state.
Poultry science department students receive awards during annual IPSF and IPPE meetings
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two students of the University of Arkansas poultry science department
received prestigious awards at the 2021 International Poultry Scientific Forum and
the International Production and Processing Expo held virtually, January 26-28, in
Deep freeze, snow create multiple worries for cattle, poultry operations
LITTLE ROCK — Single-digit wind chills, freezing water in pipes and troughs and high
snow loads on roofs are causing concerns for poultry and cattle operations, specialists
from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Monday.
Bob Frans, Arkansas weed scientist and teacher, dies at 93
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Robert “Bob” Frans, Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences died Jan. 11 in Fayetteville. He was 93.
Exhibitors warned about virus that could affect their show swine
LITTLE ROCK — Youth who show swine are being warned about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea
virus, or PED, that may affect their pigs.
X-ray research confirms importance of glass transition phase to rice drying and processing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A former graduate student’s research with x-rays has verified
a hypothesis by Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station scientists about why rice
kernels often break during milling.
Arkansas cotton farmers, extension specialists examine profitability of soil health LITTLE ROCK — Improving soil health is in the best interest of Arkansas cotton farmers,
but producers use different strategies for doing so. By Tracy Courage. 462 words.
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Soybean Breeding Program to expand variety
offerings with Enlist E3® soybean trait
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station scientists are breeding
new Arkansas-adapted soybean varieties with the Enlist E3® soybean trait. With these upcoming varieties, experiment station soybean breeders
aim to give Arkansas growers greater weed-control flexibility.
Experts offer advice on best practices for tree care, maintenance
LITTLE ROCK — Beautiful, healthy trees can enhance homes and businesses, but growing
trees takes time, effort and money to help them thrive. The Arkansas Urban Forestry
Council, in collaboration with the Cooperative Extension Service, is offering free
online presentations that teach best practices for tree care.
Division of Agriculture to offer online strawberry school
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — For growers who have ever wanted to try their hand at cultivating
strawberries, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is providing
a golden opportunity to do it with expert advice and guidance, all year long.
Federal crop insurance considerations & updates to be addressed in Feb. 17 webinar
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Attorney Grant Ballard will provide clarity on the current landscape
of federal crop insurance in a National Agricultural Law Center webinar on Feb. 17,
discussing the latest legal developments, important case law, regulatory changes and
issues producers should consider for the 2021 season.
Robert Bacon, wheat breeder, professor and department head, retires after 37 years
with Division of Agriculture, Bumpers College
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Robert Bacon joined the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
as a wheat breeder in 1984. But really, he counts his start with the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as an hourly worker while still an undergraduate
student at the University of Arkansas.
River Valley Beef Cattle Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 23
LITTLE ROCK — The River Valley Beef Cattle Conference, a mainstay event brought to
Arkansas cattle producers by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
is moving online for 2021.
Proctor, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station professor emeritus in food science,
named visiting professor at Suffolk
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Andy Proctor, university professor emeritus with the Arkansas
Agricultural Experiment Station and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and
Life Science's department of food science, has been appointed to a visiting professor
position at the University of Suffolk in the United Kingdom.
DIY: Grow your own groceries — extension can teach you how
LITTLE ROCK — In response to frequently-asked gardening questions, the Cooperative
Extension Service has developed a series of online “Grow Your Own Groceries” presentations
to share agents’ expertise in growing and preparing fruits and vegetables.