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Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Harvest Kicks Into High Gear

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017

Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Harvest Kicks Into High Gear

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 10, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

J.Joe Moore, Sharp County 
“Some producers sprayed for fall armyworms. Bush-hogging, planting fall forages and baling hay were the main activities that took place.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County 
“We have had over a week of good harvest weather and good reports being heard for corn and rice. Early soybean harvest will begin any day while late soybeans are receiving final irrigation.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County 
“Corn harvest is moving along, rice harvest has just started. Reported corn yields are average to a little above. Soybeans and peanuts have been irrigated. A few livestock producers harvested warm season forages for hay, silage has been chopped and cool season annual planting has begun in hopes of rain during the upcoming week.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County 
“Flooding from Hurricane Harvey has severely affected approximately 25,000 acres of soybeans. Approximately 1,000 acres of rice have been affected with some areas sprouting on the head.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Cooler than normal temperatures are provided a great opportunity for early establishment of cool season forages. Moisture levels were also conducive to an early start. Insect pressure on timber has been a concern, but if temps continue to cool then hardwood trees will enter early dormancy and insects will be reduced. Fall colors should be excellent this year.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 10, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 18 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 19 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 50.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock and Gilbert to 69.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Dequeen. Highs ranged from 76.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 89.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Dequeen. Precipitation was scarce throughout the state, with the highest concentration occurring in the south central part of the state with an average of 0.49 inches.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017