Commercial Agriculture is a vital part of Chicot County. The Chicot County Cooperative Extension Service provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Contact Gus Wilson, Staff Chair - Ag Agent at the Chicot County Extension office at 870-265-8055 for more information about the following programs and services.
- Chicot County Agriculture Success Story
Most soybean producers in the county now report adoption of research-based IPM and other best management practices, a substantial improvement over past farming methods. Using yield contests as a yardstick, this resulted in our having a Grow for the Green winner in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, we had a 100.07 bushel/acre entrant for the Race for 100 - one of the first confirmed 100 bushel soybean yields in Arkansas ever; and others verified yields of 99.3 and 98.4 bu the Grow for the Green contest. Soybean yield in Arkansas averages 41 bu/Ac.
- Soil testing
- Hay testing
- Water testing
- Plant disease diagnosis
- Plant identification
- Insect identification
- Sprayer calibration
- Educational Programs Available
- Pesticide Training
- Weed & Brush control programs
- Financial Management for row crops
- Risk Management for row crops
- Row crop insect control
- Chicot County Grower David Bennett Break Century Mark in Soybean Yields
Lake Village grower smashes soybean yield record, 2nd to break 100 bu/acre in 2014
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – You could hear David Bennett smiling over the phone on Thursday. And the only thing busier than Bennett -- in the middle of harvest -- was his phone, “which is ringing off the hook,” he said.
Bennett, one of the entrants in the Arkansas Soybean Association’s Grow for the Green contest, had been certified at 112.012 bushels per acre. He’s the fourth Arkansas soybean grower to pass the century mark in yields and surpassed the contest yield record of 107.63 bushel an acre set by Matt and Sherri Kay Miles of McGehee. News traveled fast through the southern Arkansas farming community. “I talked to the guy who had the last record,” he said over the noise of combine. “He told me, ‘You don’t know what you’re in for’.”
Help from his agent
“I didn't do anything special. I've got Gus Wilson, my county agent – I owe most of it to him. He stayed out in the field most of the year watching them for me. I’d done everything at the right time.”
Bennett grew Asgrow4632, the same variety the Mileses used in setting the record in 2013. Bennett planted his crop April 22 and harvested on Thursday.
Wilson, the Chicot County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Bennett had a sweet spot “right around the lake and that’s some good strong land. He’s a very good farmer and a very, very good producer and a good cooperator.”
Even so, “I about fell out when I got that ticket” showing 112 bushels at the elevator. I still have butterflies in my stomach,” Wilson said.
For more information about soybean production, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu or http://arkansascrops.com. For more information about the Grow for the Green contest, visit www.arkansassoybean.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of 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.
Photo: Cotton pickers harvesting cotton