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No dicamba in '18, Arkansas weed expert urges

Subscriber onlyMORRILTON -- A weed scientist said Thursday that he couldn't recommend that dicamba be allowed in the state next year after recent tests in at least four states show the herbicide's tendency to move off target and damage other crops and vegetation. Continue reading...

2 landowners object to trail on levee's top

Lawsuit says Big River path intrusive, invites trespassers

Subscriber onlyANTHONYVILLE -- A lawsuit in Crittenden County and maybe $200 worth of steel posts and wire have thrown a kink into the use of a trail for bicyclists and hikers topping 70 miles of levees along the Mississippi River between West Memphis and Marianna. Continue reading...

Tests show dicamba's volatility

UA researchers say newest herbicides capable of drifting

Subscriber onlyThe newest dicamba herbicides on the market -- approved by federal regulators less than a year ago -- are volatile, but less volatile than the older formulations that have always been illegal for in-crop use, according to recent tests by scientists with the University of Arkansas Agriculture Division. Continue reading...

Arkansas farmers sue firms after dicamba ban

Took losses on pricey seeds, they say

Subscriber onlyArkansas farmers who bought and planted Monsanto's dicamba-tolerant seeds are suing Monsanto and BASF now that a dicamba-based herbicide has been taken off the market in the state. Continue reading...

Murphy Oil reports $17.5M loss in 2Q

Subscriber onlyMurphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday said it lost $17.5 million in its second quarter, compared with a profit of $2.9 million for the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share dropped 10 cents for the quarter. Continue reading...

Murphy USA logs 2Q profit of $55.6M

Subscriber onlyMurphy USA Inc., based in El Dorado, on Wednesday reported net income of $55.6 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017. Continue reading...

Cartwright to lead Extension Service

Subscriber onlyRick Cartwright has been named director for the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Cartwright's appointment is effective today. Continue reading...

Turner Grain founders charged in $1M hot-check case

Subscriber onlyThe founders of bankrupt Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley face felony charges after being served warrants Thursday regarding nearly $1 million in hot checks issued during the final days of their company. Continue reading...

North Little Rock backyard farmer thinks fig; 9 varieties on 7 acres not a living but not a hobby, he says

Subscriber onlyIn a state that produces more rice than any other and is near the top in poultry production, Marvin Smith of North Little Rock has the Arkansas fig market cornered. Continue reading...

Farmers' estimates of herbicide damage top 120,000 acres

Subscriber onlyComplaints of crop damage in Arkansas possibly caused by a herbicide topped 700 this week, and preliminary estimates put the damaged cropland at 122,000 acres, a subcommittee of the state Plant Board was told Friday. Continue reading...

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