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Weather, prices depress planting estimates

Weather and declining prices are putting a dent in the expected total of rice and corn acres planted, said Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Pasture and Rangeland

Harvest schedule for first cutting alfalfa

Alfalfa producers wanting to harvest alfalfa according to forage quality will want to keep a close eye on the growing degree days (GDD) in the next 10-15 days. Using the calendar as the standard for harvesting alfalfa can lead to forages harvested at neutral detergent fiber (NDF) levels unsatisfactory for production goals. The importance of harvesting a hay crop on time can make a big difference in the fiber and energy levels for alfalfa. There is a usually a short window of opportunity to harvest alfalfa at a particular goal since NDF levels can change rapidly with increasing temperatures. Many dairy producers have a goal of 40 percent NDF. Data collected over a period of years suggests that an growers using an upright silo should begin harvesting at 750 GDD for alfalfa with 40 percent NDF + 3 percent most years. The current recommendation for producers using bunk silos is to begin cutting at 680 GDD corresponding to value of about 38 percent NDF. Using GDD is an important tool that should only be used for first cutting.

Pasture and Rangeland

Warm nights signal time to fertilize bermudagrass

The cool wet weather hasn’t done bermudagrass any favors, but now that Arkansas’ nights are warming up, it’s time to fertilize, said John Jennings, forage professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Pasture and Rangeland

Spring heat more damaging to wheat than Fall freeze

A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

Agricultural economist Andrew Barkley, who has studied wheat for nearly 30 years, said that the team’s major finding is that heat appears to be more damaging to wheat yields than freezing temperatures.

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