Arkansas Field Reports: More Rain Problems, Flooded Fields

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 5, 2016.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Berni Kurz, Washington County
“An abnormally dry spring delayed cool season grasses. Recent rains have now delayed spring hay crop harvest which is expected to be lower quality with lower yields.”

J. Joe Moore, Sharp County
“Cool season hay has over matured due to rainy conditions hampering hay harvest. With forecast of sunshine, farmers will be trying to harvest hay. Hopefully, Bermuda grass will be of better quality. Some farmers are gearing up to spray brush when rain stops. Melons are vining and setting melons.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Water remains over many fields near the rivers here in the county. Have many fields that have been under for several weeks. Rivers beginning to fall some, not expected to get below flood stage for another week if we do not receive additional rain.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Weekend rainfall halted soybean planting for the week. Replanting will be required for several acres of soybean. Rice continues to respond poorly to pre-flood nitrogen applications and flood establishment. Corn was receiving pretassel nitrogen applications and common rust is detectable in many fields. Dry weather is needed for first hay cuttings.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rain late in the week has restored top soil moisture. Early hay harvest looks good, but weeds are reducing quality. Early wet conditions reduced effective weed management. Pasture condition is excellent because of the rain.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 5, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 49 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 59.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 69.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Eudora. Highs ranged from 74.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 89.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southeast region of the state with an average of 2.47 inches.

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