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25
Aug
2016
Target spot of cotton: Considerations for using a fungicide
Author: Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist

By Travis Faske, Extension Plant Pathologist There have been widespread reports of target spot (TS) on cotton across multiple cotton cultivars along the MS delta region in Arkansas.  Target spots causes the lower leaves in the canopy to defoliate and the percentage of defoliation in some field range from 10 to 75%.  Although there were […]

24
Aug
2016
Supply and Demand for Field Crops – August 2016
Author: Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

By Archie Flanders, Agricultural Economist The primary components of market conditions that determine prices for U.S. field crops are the supply and demand situation for each crop and the value of the dollar. Supply and demand conditions are indicated by stocks-to-use ratios which are updated by U.S.D.A. monthly reports. Crop prices attempt to ration supply […]

24
Aug
2016
2016 Arkansas Cotton Update: Target spot of minimal concern
Author: Bill Robertson, Cotton Agronomist

By Bill Robertson, Extension Cotton Agronomist There are times during the season that initial impressions of the crop are not good.  We are at one of those times now.  Plants are showing signs of a good boll load and maturing from being near the end of a long, hard race.  Add target spot and a week […]

24
Aug
2016
Splitting pods and sprouting soybean seed in the pods
Author: Jeremy Ross, Extension Agronomist - Soybeans

By Jeremy Ross, Extension Soybean Agronomist Starting last Thursday, I have been getting more and more reports from around the state about pod splitting and/or seed sprouting in the pod.  So far, no commodity has escaped this sprouting problem since I have seen or heard about sprouting in rice, corn, grain sorghum, cotton, and soybean.  […]

22
Aug
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for August 15-19, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The old crop (2015) Arkansas soybean market gained 26 cents over the weekend before entering into a basically steady week.  The market opened on Monday at $10.51 and closed on Friday at a statewide average of $10.48, an overall 23 cent improvement for the week (Figure 1).  The market remains […]

22
Aug
2016
Pre-harvest sprouting of grain sorghum
Author: Jason Kelley, Wheat & Feed Grains Extension Agronomist

By Dr. Jason Kelley, Wheat and Feed Grains Agronomist As many of you are becoming aware, the rain event last week has caused much of our grain sorghum to sprout in the head. The extent of damage is still to be seen, but based on the limited acres that were planted this year (40,000) and the […]

19
Aug
2016
Arkansas Rice Update 8-19-16
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

Arkansas Rice Update Dr. Jarrod Hardke August 19, 2016  No. 2016-23                www.uaex.edu/rice Crop Progress Hee Haw sang “Gloom, despair, and agony on me…”  That line unfortunately fits around the Arkansas Delta these days for rice and other crops.  Many growers speak of their rice these days as though […]

19
Aug
2016
Rice disease update: Rain exacerbating late season pressure
Author: Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Plant Pathologist

By Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Pathologist Temperatures have been moderate with frequent rain in this couple of weeks.  Some rice diseases were also in progress. Sheath Blight Sheath blight still continues to move up in untreated fields likely causing some late season damage (Figure 1). You may be seeing heavy production of sclerotia by the […]

17
Aug
2016
Look for root-knot nematode damage in your soybeans now
Author: Terry Kirkpatrick, Professor - Plant Pathology

By Katie Sullivan and Terry Kirkpatrick, Arkansas Nematode Diagnostic Laboratory Look at your soybeans. No, really look at your soybeans. Give that plant a good inspection—and dig it up and look at the roots.  The field in the background of the first photo below is a healthy looking field:  nice and green, even in height, […]

15
Aug
2016
Arkansas soybean market report for Aug. 8-12, 2016
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

By Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist The old crop (2015) Arkansas soybean market gained 5 cents over the weekend and added another 9 cents on Monday before going flat for the remainder of the trading week.  The market opened on Monday at $10.20 and closed on Friday at a statewide average of $10.25, an overall 10 […]