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March 11, 2021
By Tracy Courage U of A System Division of Agriculture
LITTLE ROCK — Weed scientists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
have a new weekly podcast series — Weeds AR Wild — to share recommendations and updates
on weed management issues important to Arkansas row crop growers, crop consultants
and others working in agriculture.
The series, which debuted March 3, is hosted by Division of Agriculture experts, including
extension weed scientists Tommy Butts and Tom Barber and Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station researcher Jason Norsworthy, distinguished professor in the division’s Crop,
Soil and Environmental Sciences department.
The first episode is available at www.uaex.uada.edu/row-crops-radio.
“The first podcast in the Weeds AR Wild series focuses on 2021 recommendations for
burndown herbicide applications and Italian ryegrass herbicide resistance and management,”
Butts said. “Burndown herbicide applications play an important role to remove winter
annual broadleaves and control Italian ryegrass ahead of planting our crops to start
the growing season off clean.”
New episodes will be posted on Wednesdays through July and can also be accessed through
The new series is part of the division’s Arkansas Row Crops Radio, which debuted in
2019 as a way to provide timely information and resources for Arkansas row crop producers.
Eighteen episodes are available online and have been downloaded nearly 3,000 times.
Like the Row Crops Radio, Weeds AR Wild will provide timely updates for growers and
producers, with a focus on weed management.
“I think the podcast will serve as another convenient and easily accessible tool that
we use to provide relevant weed management recommendations on a timely basis as weed
control issues arise during the growing season,” Barber said. “It also provides an
opportunity for timely discussions with consultants and weed control experts from
Later in March, the trio will discuss pre-emergence herbicide programs for rice and corn. In April, episodes will address the best times and products for
cover crop termination, soybean and cotton residual herbicides, Loyant injury and
weed control in rice. Planned episodes in May will focus on weed control in row rice.
“As the year goes on, if we’re getting a lot of phone calls on a particular topic,
we’ll do a segment on that issue,” Butts said. “With a podcast, we have the flexibility
to discuss issues that our growers and producers are experiencing in real-time.”
To learn more about row crop agriculture in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Row Crops
Blog at https://Arkansascrops.uada.edu/. For the most up-to-date weed science information, visit http://uaex.uada.edu/weeds.
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 and services 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.
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Media contact:Tracy CourageDirector, Communications ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com