Welcome To The
Lee 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 their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Lee County Extension Office is at your service!
2017 Lee County Irrigation Water Management Demonstration
The extraordinary rainfall we received this growing season has mostly made any meaningful yield comparison between irrigated vs non-irrigated pointless. However, some very positive consequences were achieved when we compared irrigated efficiency using a surge valve to previous years without a surge valve.
This year's site was chosen to conduct our demonstration because the producer told us the only way he could ever get water all the way to the bottom of the field was to do it in two sets even though the well produces enough volume that it should have been possible to do it with just one set. We felt the use of a surge valve with its alternating surges to each side of the valve would greatly improve this situation and one of our goals for the demonstration was to show how this can be done.
As mentioned earlier, in previous years it has taken anywhere from 36-48 hours using two sets for water to reach the bottom of the field. We were able to do it with one set in 30 hours using a surge valve.
Comparing the 30 hours vs 36-48 hours, with a well pumping 1800 GPM we saved from 648,000 - 1,944,000 gallons of water from being unnecessarily removed from our aquifer. We also saved 25-75 gallons of diesel and spent less time in the field watching over the operation. Another benefit the producer noted was PipePlanner told him where to place the build-ups along the pipeline and how high to build them. In this case only one buildup was necessary compared to the several 1/2 barrels that were installed in previous years.
While the rain this year on this farm made yield comparisons using irrigation efficiency practices pointless as compared to std practices we still see benefits from water savings and fuel savings.
We invite you to work with us to see if a more efficient irrigation plan is possible on your farm. Call us at 870-295-7720 for an appointment.
Photo: Picture of Surge Valve
Lee County 4-H
At the core of 4-H, you will find youth developing valuable life skills through a variety of activities and projects. From agriculture to citizenship and wildlife to fashion, everyone will find something that interests them. The Lee County Cooperative Extension Service is actively working to increase 4-H participation by offering an array of workshops and program series. For example, twenty-six youth invested a combined 464 hours to gaining knowledge and developing key life skills during a recent four month program series focusing on Citizenship and Leadership. Future week long workshops include Exploring 4-H, Growing My Own Garden, Food Science, Gross and Disgusting Science, and Creative Arts. You don’t want to miss out on the fun and exciting 4-H activities that are happening in Lee County! Join a 4-H Club today. For additional information on 4-H in Lee County, please contact Elizabeth Easley or Charlet Jones.
*Photo: Youth making Christmas ornaments to donate to local nursing homes.
Family and Consumer Science
Family & Consumer Sciences teaches Lee County families about nutrition, money and health. We offer programs such as SNAP-ED, EFNEP, Strong Women and Men, Small Steps to Health and Wealth as well as Nutrition Programs.
As part of the EFNEP Program, Lee County HIPPY parents were taught "Make Half Your Grains Whole." Parents were introduced to 100% whole grain products and encouraged to make the change from processed pastas, rice, and breads to help incorporate more fiber in their diet . Making healthy food choices will improve their overall health and will lower their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and some cancers. Parents are also encouraged to become more physically active.
We welcome comments and encourage you to take advantage of the educational programs offered. Service is last in our name but first in priority! Please contact Charlet Jones for more information.
Photo: Lee County Program Assistant teaching HIPPY parents
Estate Planning is something many people either put off until it is to late or never think about it all all. Many people don't know where to start when it comes to estate planning.
Everyone who owns property has an estate, which will have to be distributed at their death. Including things as simple as a pie plate!!
Lee County hosted a Tri-County, two-day Workshop on Estate Planning. We partnered with Monroe, Phillips and St. Francis counties to make this event a success.
Topics covered during the workshop included: How To Get Started on an Estate Plan, Who Gets Grannies Pie Plate, Funeral Pre-Planning, Reverse Mortgages, Probate, Trusts and Land Transfers.
For more information on Estate Planning and upcoming workshops in Lee County, contact Charlet Jones at 870-295-7720.