January saw the start of Arkansas’ 91 General Assembly and there were several bills that have an effect on agriculture across Arkansas. We were actively involved in the legislative process and we had good success in working for good legislation and defeating legislation which would have been harmful to agriculture.
USDA reminds farmers, families and small businesses disaster assistance programs are available. “USDA has people on the ground, in every county, who can help you. We will do everything we can to help farmers get those fields back in order and encourage them to take advantage of these USDA resources.”
As floodwater heads to gulf, ag flood damage estimate widens to $175 million. “These numbers now include the estimated value of losses associated with delays in planting, changes input costs; the input costs associated with a second round of planting and the costs associated with processing,”
Cool overnight temperatures slowing Bermuda grass growth. As the spring of 2017 continues to take its toll on various crops, primarily in the eastern portion of the state, cool nighttime temperatures in the northern portion of Arkansas have additionally slowed the growth of Bermuda grass, a grazing forage grass for many cattle operations.
Rice, corn leaders stress importance of exports to agricultural sector. The latest involved USA Rice Federation officials and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a wide-ranging discussion of trade along with flooding in the Mid-South, the 2018 farm bill, labor shortages in California, food aid and the importance of rice research programs.
Seed supplies, choices may prove tight when waters recede. As the record flooding that struck northeast Arkansas less than two weeks ago has begun to crest and gradually recede in some affected areas, many growers and agricultural industry experts are waiting to learn what can be salvaged of the remaining planting season.
Number of active cotton gins in Arkansas are on the rise. Statewide, Arkansas’ cotton acreage increased to 380,000 acres, up from a record low of 210,000 in 2015. The 2017 Prospective Plantings report put this year’s acreage at a half-million acres, the highest since 2012.