Arkansas Field Reports: Planting Surges Ahead

©Debra L Ferguson
©Debra L Ferguson Stock Images

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 16, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Matthew Davis, Jackson County
“Wheat has seen a sudden appearance of leaf rust and stripe rust over the past week. Rain did not show up as forecasted.”

Jimmy Driggers, Garland County
“Producers are spraying pastures to control cool season annual broadleaf weeds. They’re also working cows and conducting Bangs vaccination schedule.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Parts of the county received rain early in the week, slowing planting. The areas that received minimal rainfall, farmers returned to the field to plant corn, rice and soybeans. Stinkbug numbers are building in oats and strawberries. A few armyworms are being detected. Deer flies and gnats are pestering livestock.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Spring transition is still ongoing. Night time temperatures are maintaining cool season forages. Warm season forages are trying to green. Producers will soon be faced with decision to remove older, cool season grass in favor of new, warm season growth. Rains are spotty, but appreciated. No loss in fieldwork.”

Kevin Lawson, Perry County
“Rice and corn planting started, and pre-emergence herbicides have been applied. Some earlier planted corn received post-emergence herbicides. Sod producers mowed and applied spring fertilizer applications. Hay and pasture fertilizer was applied, anticipating an upcoming rain. Cattle received Brucellosis and other herd health vaccinations.”

Herbicide Resistance Info

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“Need rain to activate herbicide and obtain uniform/even stands. Inspected wheat fields last week with Glyphosate and Dicamba Drift, and the damage appears to be minimal.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 16, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 49.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Keiser. Highs ranged from 74.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 81.7 degrees Fahrenheit at West Memphis. Precipitation for this week was light throughout the state except for some southern parts. The highest concentration occurred in the southwest part of the state with an average of 5.11 inches.

The Latest