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Lights, camera, action — field days go virtual during ongoing pandemic

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Once upon a time, the phrase “coming to a screen near you” meant a new cinematic feat was on its way, either in movie theaters or, more cozily, your living room. Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of online video teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom, the phrase often heralds one’s best bet at ... Read More »

Arkansas peanuts dodge a bullet after soggy fall, late-season freeze

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Arkansas peanut growers faced harsh weather challenges in 2019, including weeks when the rain never seemed to end and a late-season deep freeze. In early November, a mass of Arctic air dropped temperatures to record lows in many parts of the state, including areas still soggy from waves of storms. By mid-December, however, growers began to shed their initial fears, ... Read More »

Vangilder prepping peanut growers, next generation of Extension agents

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A successful Arkansas economy relies on two essential elements: agriculture and farmers. Unfortunately, fewer young people are choosing to farm, leaving a widening knowledge disparity for those watching over crops. The Cooperative Extension Service has turned that conundrum into an opportunity, tapping Andy Vangilder as an instructor to help growers in the state’s burgeoning peanut fields and serving as a ... Read More »

New Buying Points In Arkansas

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A jump in peanut acreage is expected thanks to this new infrastructure. Arkansas may soon see its biggest year in peanut production since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking the crop in the state in 2015 as growers respond to anticipated new buying points and a shelling facility within the next year. Travis Faske, Extension plant pathologist and peanut ... Read More »

NASS Planting Report Out — Arkansas Peanuts Jump As Expected

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The strangeness of Arkansas’ rain-soaked planting season sloshed over into Friday’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Acreage report, with the agency saying it would be collecting additional information on the state’s soybeans and cotton. NASS said that in July, it would collect information on crops in 14 states, including a recount on soybeans and cotton in Arkansas, since neither had reached ... Read More »

Final Numbers Show A Mixed Bag

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In mid-February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released state-by-state crop and stock reports. This was the first new data available from the department since the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. For some the numbers were better than expected, but for Arkansas producers, it only confirmed that it had been a tough year. Travis Faske, ... Read More »

Toughest Year Yet

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Rain every few days, and eventually snow, hinder producers’ ability to gather this crop. Arkansas farmers planted more than 20,000 acres of peanuts for the third straight year, but this year were enduring a harvest that dragged into December. “Arkansas peanut farmers planted a little over 25,000 acres, which is the third consecutive year of over 20,000 acres for the ... Read More »