Welcome to Crittenden County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service!
Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service is 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 their 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.
Photo: Living Well With Diabetes Cooking School Participants
Community Resource Development - Strengthening Arkansas Communities
Early Voting in Arkansas opens Monday, October 24th. Want nonpartisan ballot information for the 2016 election? Read our fact sheets and educate yourself before voting in Arkansas this election. Fact sheets can be picked up at the Crittenden County Extension Office or you can use the online version: http://www.uaex.edu/business-communities/voter-education/state-ballot-issues.aspx
Crittenden County is in need of poll workers for the general election to be held on Tuesday, November 8th. Poll Workers Needed
Crittenden County 4-H partnered with the Crittenden County Election Commission to host a mock presidential election at Marion Junior High School. Over 550 students participated in the election including 50 elite students who were trained as official poll workers. Students completed voter registration cards, created campaign material and signs, and NJHS created a mock debate video introducing top presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
For more information on our Community and Economic Development Programs, contact the Crittenden County Extension Service at 870-739-3239.
Photo: Students at MJHS vote at a 2016 mock Presidential Election.
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:
Congratulations to our 9 Crittenden County 4-H District Record Book Winners!!! Madison M., Tionna M, Jenesis V., Clara B., Charlie B., Chandler B., Jolie R., and Zachary W.
For more information on Crittenden County 4-H events contact the County Extension Office at 870-739-3239. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CrittendenCounty4H