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2021 Growing Season

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 20: Drift and New Weed Control Technologies Update (7/21/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 20. On this episode, Dr. Tom Barber provides an update on dicamba off-target movement and discusses promising experiences with the Redekop Seed Destructor, Rogue herbicide in rice and Brake herbicide in peanut.

Insect Update from Lorenz, Bateman, and Thrash (7/8/21)

Extension entomologists Ben Thrash, Gus Lorenz, and Nick Bateman discuss plant bugs, spider mites, armyworms, rice water weevils, sorghum midge, and sugarcane aphids.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 19: Herbicide Drift, Checking Labels, and Staying Clean from Weeds (7/7/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 19. On this episode of the Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Dr. Tommy Butts discusses recent herbicide drift calls and widespread off-target damage, the importance of checking herbicide labels, and a few final recommendations for finishing the year off strong to keep fields clean of weeds.

Rice and Advice, Ep. 04: Rice Leaf Discoloration, Midseason N, and Boot N (7/2/21)

Dr. Jarrod Hardke discusses current leaf tip discolorations in rice as week as general recommendations for midseason and late boot nitrogen applications.

Lorenz, Bateman, Thrash sound the alert on stinkbugs, fall armyworms and plant bugs. (7/1/2021)

URGENT message from Division of Agriculture entomologists who are seeing significant numbers of stinkbugs poised to raid early rice when heading begins; urge growers to avoid making applications too early.  Be on the lookout for corn borers, fall armyworm in beans, plant bugs in cotton and midge in sorghum.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 18: Late-Season Palmer Amaranth Options After Dicamba Cutoff (6/30/21)

Dr. Larry Steckel with the University of Tennessee joins Dr. Jason Norsworthy to talk about Palmer amaranth research and what he is seeing in regards to Palmer amaranth control in Tennessee. Some of the options being evaluated for control are discussed along with successes and failures of these measures.

Insect update and management strategies for fall armyworms and tarnished plant bugs (6/24/21)

Today’s podcast covers fall armyworms in rice, corn, and soybean and defoliation thresholds. We also cover tarnished plant bugs in prebloom cotton.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 17: Late-Season Soybean (6/23/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 17. Dr. Tom Barber and Dr. Jeremy Ross discuss late-season soybean plantings and herbicide options. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 16: Catching Up and Salvage Weed Control Options (6/16/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 16. Dr. Jason Norsworthy and Dr. Tom Barber discuss weed control after the flood, salvage options for barnyardgrass in rice, and the importance of two herbicide applications to catch up in soybean and cotton. Download episode transcript.

Rice, Soybean, and Cotton Insect Update (6/15/21)

Today's podcast covers management strategies for rice water weevil and rice billbug in rice, stink bugs in soybean, as well as thrips and plant bugs in cotton. We cover thresholds and insecticide timings for these pests, as well as what to expect later in the year. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 15: Around the State Weed Control Discussion (6/9/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 15. Dr. Tommy Butts is joined this week by crop consultant Rick Deviney, agronomist Randy Chlapecka, and Faulkner county staff chair and agriculture agent Kevin Lawson. The four discuss the 2021 cropping season so far, especially rain, rain, and more rain. They also discuss what’s worked well in their respective areas for weed control, problems observed, and recommendations moving forward. Download episode transcript.

Rice and Advice, Ep. 03: Managing Preflood Nitrogen with Wet and Rainy Conditions (6/3/21)

Dr. Jarrod Hardke discusses best management practices for preflood nitrogen in rice under suboptimal soil and weather conditions.

Early season row crop insect update (6-3-21)

This podcast details the current issues we are getting calls about and seeing in the field over the past few days and management options. These issues include rice water weevil in rice, thrips in cotton, and defoliation in corn. We cover the impact these insects can have on the various crops and how to manage them. Download episode transcript.

 Weeds AR Wild, Ep 14: Early Season Cotton (6/2/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 14. Dr. Tom Barber and Dr. Bill Robertson discuss early season cotton growth and weed control. Download episode transcript.

 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep 13: Problems Observed So Far and Remedies (5/26/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Ep 13. In this week’s episode of the Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Dr. Tommy Butts discusses some of the most common problems and calls he’s encountered so far this year and provides recommendations to remedy the situations. Download episode transcript.

 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep 12: Expectations for Loyant Coated on Urea (5/20/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 12. In this podcast episode, Dr. Drew Ellis from Corteva joins us to answer some questions about use of Loyant coated on urea for weed control in rice. We discuss the weeds that will and will not be controlled, reduction in off-target movement of the herbicide, and clean out of airplanes after application of the herbicide coated urea. Download episode transcript.

 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep 11: Brake Herbicide in Peanut & Residual Herbicide Activation (5/12/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 11. This episode focuses on a new Section 18 approval for Brake herbicide in peanut and discusses frequently asked questions on residual herbicides such as how much rain is required for activation, how long will residuals wait on a rain and is there any activity on weeds that have emerged in-between application and activation. Download episode transcript.

 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep 10: Row Rice Weed Control (5/6/21)

Weeds AR Wild podcast series, S1, Ep 10. Drs. Tommy Butts and Jarrod Hardke discuss row rice weed control recommendations for 2021 including overlapping residuals, watching your water, and expecting an extra application. Download episode transcript.

 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 09: Loyant Injury to Rice and Yellow Nutsedge Control Options (4/27/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 9, In this podcast, Dr. Norsworthy examines some factors that lead to increased risk for Loyant herbicide to injure rice.  An example of how multiple factors can lead to increased risk is given.  Additionally, yellow nutsedge control options in corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybean, and cotton are reviewed because of the recent influx of questions on how to control this weed.
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Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 08: Interview with Dr. Larry Steckel on Early Season Cotton Weed Control (4/21/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 8. This podcast in the Weeds AR Wild series focuses on recommendations for weed control in cotton.  Discussion will also include recommendations for tank-mixtures with various herbicides. Download episode transcript.

Rice and Advice, Ep. 02: Rice Preplant and Early Season Fertility (4/15/21)

Drs. Jarrod Hardke and Trent Roberts discuss rice fertility and application timings for phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, as well as the use of starter fertilizers in rice. Download episode transcript. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 07: Soybean Weed Control Programs for 2021 (4/14/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 7. In this episode of the Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Dr. Tommy Butts and Dr. Jeremy Ross discuss soybean herbicide programs across trait technologies, Arkansas dicamba regulations, recommended varieties, and other useful tips for successful soybean weed control. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 06: Recommended Cover Crops and Termination Options (4/7/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 6. Ryegrass is not recommended as a cover crop because of its weediness and herbicide resistance that is prominent in some regions.  In this podcast, cereal, legume, and brassica cover crops are discussed.  The weed management benefits of these cover crops as well as problems are highlighted.  Recommendations are made for termination of these cover crops. Download episode transcript.

Rice and soybean seed treatment considerations for 2021 (4/2/21)

Extension entomologists Nick Bateman, Gus Lorenz, and Ben Thrash discuss rice and soybean insecticide seed treatment considerations for the 2021 growing season. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 05: Weed Control and Carryover Questions in Corn and Grain Sorghum (3/31/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 5. The fifth podcast in the Weeds AR Wild series focuses on 2021 recommendations for weed control in corn and grain sorghum crops. Discussion will also include questions regarding potential herbicide carryover issues to these crops. Download episode transcript.

Rice and Advice Ep. 01: Rice Seeding Rate Decisions (3/30/21)

Discussion of rice seeding rate recommendations and standard adjustments to those rates, comparing grain yield and net return scenarios for different seeding rates, and final desired rice plant stands to target. Download episode transcript. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 04: Rice Weed Control Programs for 2021 (3/24/21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 4, In this episode of the Weeds AR Wild podcast series, Dr. Tommy Butts discusses rice herbicide programs and the power of residuals, and also provides other strategic weed control recommendations for 2021. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 03: Current Status of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Arkansas Rice (3-17-2021)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 3, This podcast provides an overview of weed resistance to rice herbicides in Arkansas, with specific focus on barnyardgrass, sedges, weedy rice, Palmer amaranth, and Pennsylvania smartweed. The percentage of sampled fields with resistance is discussed, and the question of whether resistance to one ALS herbicide means loss of all herbicides having this mode of action is addressed in the podcast. Download episode transcript.

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 02: Resistant Palmer amaranth (pigweed) discussion and 5 key points for management plans in Arkansas row crops (3-10-21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 2, If you pay attention to social media or read popular press articles lately, you may have heard or read about the recent finding of glufosinate-resistant populations of Palmer amaranth, commonly called pigweed, in Arkansas. Today, I will be discussing key management points for growers and consultants to be thinking about prior to making weed control program decisions for the 2021 season. Download episode transcript. 

Weeds AR Wild, Ep. 01: 2021 Burndown Applications and Ryegrass Control (3-2-21)

Weeds AR Wild Series, S.1 Ep. 1, Burndown herbicide applications play an important role to remove winter annual broadleaf vegetation and control Italian ryegrass ahead of planting our crops. The first podcast in the Weeds AR Wild series focuses on 2021 recommendations for burndown herbicide applications, winter annual broadleaves, and Italian ryegrass herbicide resistance and management. Download episode transcript.

 

2020 Growing Season

Ep. 18 - Harvest Aid Tips in Rice (8-24-20)

Tips on using sodium chlorate as a harvest aid in rice. Dos and Don’ts of sodium chlorate in rice. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 17 - Drain Timing for Flooded and Furrow-Irrigated Rice (8-19-20)

Review of rice drain timing recommendations for flooded and furrow-irrigated rice based on number of days, general kernel color, and soil type. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 16 - What is BCI and how do growers sign up? (7-20-20)

This podcast will help to provide a better understanding of the process BCI uses to help facilitate continuous improvement for producers to become more efficient and sustainable and to ensure the supply chain has confidence in that they are getting the sustainable cotton they want. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 15 - Foliar vs. Soil Applied Nitrogen Fertilizers in Rice (7-10-20)

Discussion of foliar vs soil applied nitrogen fertilizer in rice during reproductive growth stages. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 14 - Rice Growth Stages & Fungicide Timing (7-7-20)

Generalized overview of reproductive growth stages of rice and how to use them to time fungicide applications. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 13 - Midseason N and Beyond (6-23-20)

Discussion of rice midseason nitrogen application timing for varieties and boot nitrogen application timing for hybrids. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 12 - Fertilizing & Flooding Early Rice (5-20-20)

Discussion of factors to consider for taking early planted small rice to flood. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 11 - Staying Safe on the Farm through COVID-19 (4-7-20)

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Ep. 10 - Getting Sprayers into Tip-Top Shape for 2020 (2-17-20)

Pesticide applications, specifically spring herbicide burndowns, are beginning to gear up across Arkansas. This podcast highlights inspection, calibration, and maintenance of spray equipment to make sure they are in optimal working condition for the 2020 growing season. Download episode transcript.

2019 Growing Season

Ep. 9 - Cover Crops: Is it too Late to Plant? 

Being flexible in response to weather challenges is a big part of farming.  Our target planting dates for cover crops have passed for most producers and many are asking if it is now too late to plant them. It is not too late. This podcast addresses modifications that should be considered now to help ensure the success of the cover crops in meeting your goals. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 8 - Cover Crops: Improving Biodiversity and How that Benefits Cotton

The use of cover crops is a big part of a plan to improve soil health.  Increasing the diversity of your cash crop and cover crops is one of the four basic ideas that USDA-NRCS promotes. This podcast addresses cover crop selection, the impacts of cover crops on biodiversity and how this benefits cotton. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 7 - Herbicide Technologies in Rice 

Comparison of FullPage, Clearfield, and Provisia rice systems. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 6 - Fall Weed Control 

Fall weed control is an important component in managing weeds from a systems approach, specifically by reducing additions to the soil seedbank. Strategies for controlling late-germinating Palmer amaranth, Italian ryegrass, and problematic perennial weeds in the fall are discussed. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 5 - Rice Milling Issues

Reasons for recent rapid decline in rice milling yields. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 4 - Fall VS Spring Applications with Trent Roberts 

Determining the best time for phosphorus and potassium applications can be tricky. Let us help you decide which fields are better candidates for fall vs. spring application timings of pre-plant nutrients. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 3 - 2019 Rice Harvest Update with Jarrod Hardke 

Rice harvest progress as of 9/20/19. Discussion of false smut issues, rapidly dropping grain moisture, and drying charges. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 2 - Rice Harvest 2019 Progress with Jarrod Hardke 

Discussion of rice harvest 2019 progress. Dealing with rapidly dropping grain moisture and green plants. Using sodium chlorate in lower moisture rice. Download episode transcript.

Ep. 1 - Rice Harvest Aids with Jarrod Hardke 

Discussion of sodium chlorate use as a harvest aid in rice. Timing, rates, and impacts on grain yield milling yields. Download episode transcript.

 

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