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Dear Pike County Agent- Powdery Mildew

Q: What is this white, fuzzy stuff on my hedges? A: The likely culprit is powdery mildew. As the name implies, it is a white fungus that crumbles like powder. Many times it will creates fuzzy growth patches on leaves and stems. Several plants are susceptible to powdery mildew in …

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Pike County 4-H Livestock Meeting

Do you know a kid who would like to have a livestock project? Maybe you have an exhibitor who needs an update. All 4-Hers who plan to have a livestock project need to attend one of these meetings. Call the Pike County Extension Service office if you have questions, 870-285-2161. …

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Crop Certification Reports Due to FSA by July

The Howard County Farm Service Agency office would like to remind producers that in order to comply with program eligibility requirements, crop certification reports will need to be filed by July 15th for spring-seeded crops such as corn, grain, peanuts, rice or soybeans. Dylan Bowman, County Executive Director, reminds producers …

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Dear Pike County Agent- April 10

Q: Is it too late to spray my fruit trees? A: My kids say that if I say maybe, that means no. So I will say yes and no. Fruit spray schedules should start with the green tip stage for a types of fruit trees. This is the stage right …

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Red imported fire ants active early this year in Arkansas

Fast Facts: Invasive fire ants active earlier with rain, warmer temps Parts of 14 U.S. states, Puerto Rico are under fire ant quarantine. Division of Agriculture and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have been releasing phorid flies to help with the growing fire ant population. Wait until fire ants …

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Dear Pike County Extension Agent March 10

Q: What should I use to spray my plum tree and when should I do it? A: Home orchards are a very popular addition to many homeowners. Not only do you get to enjoy fresh grown fruits, they also add value to your home. A common call in late spring …

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New Spring Exhibit at the Capitol

Gathering, Gardening, and Agriculture: 4,000 years of foodways in Arkansas (LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Once, our human forbears ate only what they could kill, trap or gather from the wild.  Over time, though, they learned to “domesticate” both animals and plants, laying the foundations of modern agriculture.  This process appeared …

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Boozman, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Voluntary Farm Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act, bipartisan legislation to improve access to voluntary farm conservation programs administered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides …

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Winter feeding program proving a success for cattle producers

By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of Agriculture Feb. 10, 2017 Fast Facts: Program designed to lower winter feeding costs for producers With about 23,000 beef cattle operations in Arkansas, savings could be in the tens of millions statewide, if adopted VAN BUREN COUNTY, Ark. — For years, …

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Dear Pike Co Extension Agent- Best Way to Control Fire Ants

2/10/17 Q: What is the best way to control fire ants? A: Even though it seems to be early to be talking about fire ants, but warmer weather is just around the corner. They become active when soil temperatures consistently reach 70 degrees. A good way to test if you …

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