Arkansas Farmers Can Get Crop Text Alerts

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ben Caxton) — Farmers in Arkansas can now sign up for a little high tech help with their crops. “Arkansas Row Crop Help” is a new service that provides text alerts on current crop, weather, and other information for particular crops. The text messages contain a link to a recorded audio message, communicating up-to-date information for growers. Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, says that “a lot of farming can be time-critical, especially as it relates to weather and soil conditions.” He adds that having the messages in an audio format allows farmers to multitask by listening to the update while they are driving or performing other chores around the farm. The helpline, a service of the Division of Agriculture in Little Rock, was introduced in May. For information on signing up visits the links with this story at TO SIGN UP to receive helpline recommendations for specific crops, visit There is no charge to subtribe to the helpline. To learn about row crops in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit



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