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Arkansas cotton, rice harvests beat the cold; fruit may suffer

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After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees ... Read More »

Insect Pests Pose Problems For Late-Planted Crops, Including Cotton

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When relentless spring rains pushed the planting window wide open, entomologists predicted problems for Arkansas row-crops. That has certainly proven true for the state’s late-planted cotton, soybeans and rice, said Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Cotton Most of the state’s cotton is now past five nodes above white flower, plus 250 heat ... Read More »

Cultural Change

Growers Tap Cover Crops And No-Till To Aid Soil Health, Cut Input Costs • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Pigweed was getting the better of Adam Chappell in 2010 when he decided he had to rein in weed control costs if he and his brother were to stay in farming. He turned to cover crops combined with no-till farming. ... Read More »

July 25 Field Day To Feature Healthy Soils, Sustainable Cotton

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Two farmer-mentors, specialists from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Soil Health Institute will guide growers on July 25 through demonstrations and discussions of ways to improve soil health on Arkansas cotton farms. The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farm Field Day in Arkansas will start at 8 a.m. at the Brinkley Convention Center, 1501 Weatherby ... Read More »