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Arkansas Department of Agriculture Reminds Partners about Safe Prescribed Burning

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With harvest underway, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture reminds our partners in agriculture and conservation of the importance of safe prescribed burning techniques as a valuable management tool in crop management plans.

Row crop farmers use prescribed fire in the fall as part of crop management plans to remove stubble following the harvest of rice, soybeans, corn, and cotton. Prescribed burning is an efficient and economical control method for preparing fields for the next growing season and eliminating pests and diseases. Burning crop residue also allows for no-till or reduced-till planting during the next growing season. Smoke management planning prior to the application of prescribed fires helps to reduce smoke impact on roadways, nearby towns, and sensitive areas like schools, nursing homes, churches, and other facilities.

Farmers can report a prescribed fire here. There is a Safe Burning Checklist which farmers complete before applying prescribed fire:

  • Take extra precautions for smoke sensitive areas (highways, residents, communities, etc.)
  • Report prescribed burns to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Dispatch Center (1-800- 830-8015)
  • Check to make sure relative humidity is above 20%
  • Check to make sure wind speed is less than 15 mph

Be sure to follow appropriate Smoke Category Day guidelines

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