Faulkner County Agriculture Update
September 4, 2020
General Conditions

We got another big round of rain this week. Since last Thursday's tropical storm I had 6.75 inches of rain at our verification field in Lollie, the OEM office had 6.05 inches of rain and Judge Baker reported 7.25 inches of rain at his house. The north part of the county has gotten a little less than that. Tuesday brought another surprise as a weak tornado started in Plumerville and made it's way across the county causing damage north of Wooster and Guy. Starting next week we are looking at lower temperatures and hopefully some dry weather. We need one more cutting of hay, plant some winter forages and corn and rice is ready to harvest.
Arkansas River

I haven't talked much about the river because there hasn't been much to report. It has been the lowest it has been for a couple of years most of the summer. The recent rains made it come back up and we got a brief scare that it might cause some minor flooding. One day last week the prediction was for 273 which is action stage. The next day that prediction was lowered to 265. The river is now predicted to keep falling back down to it's original level of 255. I have talked to a few people in other counties that have had some minor flooding from rivers and creeks that run into the Arkansas. Hopefully anything minor from backed up streams will be short lived.
Row Crop

We continue to drain fields in the county getting ready for harvest. With the cooler temperatures on the way and all of this rain, we may not get fields dried up by harvest. There are a couple of fields that are ready to harvest and hopefully we can get started next week. I did pick up some false smut in a field of Diamond but it was pretty spotty. Hopefully we won't have much false and kernel smut as harvest starts.  

The soybean fields are enjoying the rain from the past couple of weeks. It looks like everything has jumped a foot over the last week. I couldn't find many worms or stinkbugs this week. It seems like the velvetbean caterpillars may have cycled out without much damage. We need to continue to monitor for at least a couple more weeks. We may be in the 4th quarter but there is still some game left to play.
SRVP (Soybean Research Verification Program) Field

The SRVP field is at R5.5. The beans are starting to fill in the pods as we get closer to R6. Insect pressure remains low. We received 6.75 total inches of rain on the field since last Thursday. That zeroed out our soil moisture sensors. We will more than likely need one more rain to make it to the end. If we can get that we will be on our way to a good harvest.
Moth Trap Counts for this week

I removed the moth traps before the tropical storm hit last week. I have lost some of these traps before to high winds. I reestablished them this Thursday and will have counts again next week.
Beef & Forage
Winter Forages

It is time to plant winter forages. The rain is already starting to push us on getting something planted if you want fall grazing. If you are looking strictly for grazing starting around March you still have some time. If you want fall grazing, you want to try and get that planted before September 15. For fall grazing a few things you can plant include brassicas or spring oats. If you can get wheat in this early and get some favorable weather, you might can get a little grazing out of it this fall. When planting these fall grazing forages, mix them with ryegrass. The ryegrass will give you grazing next spring. I have attached a few publications here for more information on planting winter forages and the rates you need to plant.
Hay and Pasture Insects

I am still getting reports of armyworms, so keep up the scouting. After you plant winter annuals, really keep an eye on them. Armyworms can take out a stand of very small plants very quickly.  
2020 Southeast U.S. Hay Feeding Survey

Extension forage specialists with the University Of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture and in the southeast U.S. would like your help in gathering information on hay feeding methods and time required for feeding hay to help develop more effective forage educational programs.
We would appreciate you taking the time to complete a survey regarding your hay feeding methods. If you do choose to participate, we appreciate your feedback and all information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by applicable State and Federal law. By completing the survey, you are agreeing to allow the use of your responses for educational purposes. If you do not wish to complete the survey, your refusal to do so will have not any effect on your relationship with the University Of Arkansas System Division Of Agriculture. To opt out of taking the survey, simply do not complete the survey.
If you have questions or concerns about this study, you may contact John Jennings at (501) 671-2350 or by email at jjennings@uaex.edu. For questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact Ro Windwalker, the University’s IRB Coordinator, at (479) 575-2208 or by e-mail at irb@uark.edu.
Information gathered from the survey will provide direct insights into current hay feeding practices, and allow us to better develop forage educational programs. Additionally, the information provided will be used to prioritize research and Extension outreach efforts moving forward to more effectively address your needs.
Please click on the link below to access the survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Livestock Market Report

The weekly livestock market report is available on the Arkansas Department of Agriculture website.
Pesticide Applicator Training
Anyone that needs a private applicators license can use the online course as their required training to obtain a license. The Arkansas State Plant Board has made an exception and will allow producers that are certifying for the first time to be able to use the online training.

Upcoming Events
Soybean Virtual Field Day - September 17 at 6:00 pm. Register at this link
Contact Kevin Lawson, County Extension Agent–Staff Chair, Faulkner County | www.uaex.edu/faulkner