Flooded Arkansas wheat field 2015

A flooded Lafayette County, Ark., wheat field. The producers of Lafayette and Miller counties in southwest Arkansas have been dealing with extraordinary amounts of rainfall, and the strongest flooding since 1990. The two counties are separated by the Red River, which flows east into Arkansas from Texas, then south into Louisiana. (Photo by Ryan McGeeney, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture)

SW Arkansas flood recovery meeting set for July 2

July 2 Flood Recovery meet to be held at 4 States Fairground Experts on livestock, crops, forage will be on hand RSVP by close of business July 1 for meal headcount; no cost to attend

Crop and livestock experts from the Extension services in Arkansas and Texas will be on the agenda for a July 2 meeting to help provide flood recovery tactics for farmers and ranchers in the Red River basin.

The meeting will be held at the Ag Learning Center at the Four States Fairground, 3700 East 50th Street, Texarkana, Ark. There is no cost to attend and attendees are asked to RSVP by the close of business on July 1 for a headcount for dinner. Call (870) 779-3609, text (903) 293-2097, or e-mail [email protected].

The meeting runs from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

“This has been a terribly difficult spring for our farmers and ranchers in the southwestern corner of the state,” said Jennifer Caraway, Miller County extension agent for the University of Arkansas. “Heavy rainfall in May in Texas and Oklahoma, and now the expected impacts of the drenching left by Tropical Depression Bill, are leaving many farmers and ranchers wondering what can be salvaged.”

“We hope this meeting will enable our growers to find recovery options that work,” she said.

The agenda:

  • 5:30 p.m. -- Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Crop specialist, who will discuss options and varieties as well as soil fertility.
  • 6:15 p.m. -- Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, who will discuss insects, diseases and weed control in soybeans.
  • 6:45 p.m. -- dinner
  • 7 p.m. -- Natural Resources Conservation District and Farm Services Agency will discuss government programs that may be available.
  • 7:15 p.m. -- Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, who will discuss herd health and what to vaccinate your cattle for.
  • 7:45 p.m. -- John Jennings, professor of forages for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, who will discuss hay and pasture recovery options.

For more information on flood recovery, see series of flood recovery videos at www.youtube.com/user/ARextension or contact your county Extension office.

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