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    Arkansas: Soybean Planting, Wheat Harvest Near Close – US-DA

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    From USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 30, 2013.

    General

    On average, farmers had 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 39 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 32 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 56 degrees Fahrenheit at Fayetteville to 69 degrees Fahrenheit at Fort Smith, Little Rock, Stuttgart, and Texarkana. Highs ranged from 94 degrees Fahrenheit at Mena to 101 degrees Fahrenheit at Blytheville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Morrilton. Arkansas experienced its hottest week of the year. Most of the state was dry except for scattered thunderstorms in the eastern portion of the state.

    Crops

    By the end of last week, corn was 80 percent silked, 20 percent behind 2012 and 2 percent below the five-year average. The dough stage was at 8 percent, 53 percent behind last year, 18 percent below the five-year average. Cotton Squaring increased by 32 percent to reach 80 percent, 17 percent behind 2012 and equal to the five-year average. Producers had planted 93 percent of the soybean crop, 7 percent behind 2012 and 3 percent below the five-year average. The soybean crop emergence was at 86 percent. Soybeans were 15 percent blooming and 2 percent setting pods.

    Producers harvested 93 percent of the winter wheat crop by week’s end. With the winter wheat crop harvest almost complete, most of the soybeans in double crop fields had been planted. All of the major row crops were mostly in fair to good condition. Producers continued irrigating major row crops and rice fields.

    Livestock

    Livestock were in mostly good condition last week. Pasture and range condition were reported in mostly fair to good condition last week. Hay condition was mostly fair to good. Some forage crops were in need of rain.

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