Welcome To the
Crittenden County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Crittenden County Extension Office is at your service!
Agriculture and Natural Resources
A Crittenden County producer inquired about the recommended seeding rate for cotton. He felt his normal seeding rate (48,800 seeds per acre) was higher than necessary, due to his concerns about soil type and early planting practices.
A seeding rate trial was subsequently conducted on his farm to demonstrate the seeding rate effect. The trial was planted with a John Deere 1730 variable rate planter. The field was treated with the producer's normal production practices along with his consultant's insect and defoliation recommendations.
At harvest a weigh wagon was utilized to verify the weight of each strip trial to determine the yield for each plot. Adjusted yield was calculated to a per acre basis. The final result was consistent with past University recommendations for the seeding rate of cotton in the range of 32,000 to 42,000.
The producer's seed cost on his normal planting rate of 48,800 seeds per acre was $97.60. With the knowledge gained from the Extension test plot using his production practices, he realized he could reduce his seeding rate to 35,500 seeds per acre, thus his seeding cost by $27.60 an acre. This savings spread over 4,000 acres represents a total expense reduction of $110,400 by following Extension recommendations for 2013.
Photo taken from corn field on the Williams Farm
Crittenden County Family and Consumer Sciences
More than 250 county clientele participated in the county's Healthier Lifestyle programs which included Extension Get Fit programs (Medicine Ball Strength Training and Walk Across Arkansas) and the Living Well With Diabetes and Mediterranean Cooking Schools. Program participants reported increased levels of physical activity, improved weight loss and decreased blood pressure, blood glucose and blood cholesterol levels. Participants also reported lifestyle changes to include: increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, the use of olive oil, increased use of fresh herbs and spices and decreased consumption of sodium and/or salt. Lifestyle changes such as these can play a major role in helping prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes, which is constantly on the rise among our county clientele.
For more information on Crittenden County's FCS programs contact Meredith Wayman, County Extension Agent - FCS at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 870-739-3239.
Photo: Living Well With Diabetes Cooking School Participants
Community Resource Development - Strengthening Arkansas Communities
There are 26,358 registered voters in Crittenden County, however only two-thirds of those registered to vote cast ballots. Because of the various ballot issues that appears on the ballots and the lack of understanding of those issues, 50% or more of the ballots that were cast did not include a vote "for or against." After partnering with the Crittenden County Election Commission, city, county and other municipalities and faith based organizations to distribute Public Policy Fact Sheets and display and man educational exhibits, more than 90% of the registered voters increased knowledge and were able to make informed decisions on the various ballot issues during the election process.
For more information on our Community and Economic Development Programs, contact the Crittenden County Extension Service at 870-739-3239.
Photo: VeEtta Simmons discuss ballot issues with County Election Commission Chair Patricia Henderson
Crittenden County 4-H
It is never too late to become a 4-H family!!! Just visit our web page Arkansas.4HOnline.com and follow these instructions:
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Summer is in full swing!! Good luck to all of our Crittenden County 4-Hers competing at the State Horse Show, Range Events, and State O'Rama.