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Arkansas Field Reports: Harvest Enters Final Leg

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 14, 2017

Arkansas Field Reports: Harvest Enters Final Leg

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Ron Matlock, Saline County 
“Last week, the weather continued to be very dry, and there was not enough moisture for winter annuals to be planted or for seed that was broadcast to germinate and grow.”

Ray Benson, Mississippi County 
“Rain and cool weather continued to impact peanut harvest. Few, if any, peanut acres were harvested last week. It is possible that harvest could resume this week.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County 
“Forages began allowing a small amount of grazing to occur after last week’s rain. Cool temperatures have kept forage growth slow. A few soybeans and peanuts remain to be harvested. Livestock producers continued to supplement pasture with hay.”

Clay Gibson, Chicot County 
“Harvest of cotton, rice, and soybeans was nearing completion. An exceptionally dry fall helped producers get their crop out of the field in a timely fashion. Soybeans that are still in the field are too damaged to harvest. Two percent of rice is still in the field and will not produce good numbers. There is still a small amount of cotton in the field as well, but yields have been good.”

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Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Last week, scattered rainfall prevented completion of fall harvest. Livestock continued to receive supplemental feeding.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 12, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 11 percent very short, 34 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 35.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 52.5 degrees Fahrenheit at De Queen. Highs ranged from 55.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 69.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was light throughout the state, with the highest concentration occurring in the northeast part of the state with an average of 0.76 inches.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 14, 2017