Arkansas Field Reports: Strong Week for Planting

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 9, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Planting of 2017 crop got under way on our well drained soils last Thursday. A good chunk of our corn went in during the last 4 days of the week, and our rice growers are off to a good start.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“A few fields have been planted to corn and rice. If dry weather continues, many acres will be planted next week. Forages made good growth over the week.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers were able to get back into the fields after early week rainfall. Corn planting is rapidly finalizing, and rice planting is in full swing. Some soybeans are also being planted. Pre-emerge herbicides were being applied. Livestock continue to chase green grass.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Spring green transition is in full swing. Rain, from passing storms, boosted top soil moisture levels, and summer forages are breaking through. Night-time lows are helping to maintain late cool season forages, and grazing is good quality. Gardens are looking good for small and large producers.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Planting began in earnest this week throughout the county. Good conditions for fieldwork, with the exception of spray applications.”

Kevin Lawson, Perry County
“This week beef cattle producers participated in Brucellosis vaccinations and continued herd health programs. Rain continues to halt row crop planting and sod field maintenance. Sod fields look decent, with only mowing and clipping removal remaining.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 9, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 40.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 53.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Searcy. Highs ranged from 64.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 80.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Searcy. Precipitation for this week was moderate throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the state with an average of 2.31 inches.

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