Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 18, 2017.
Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents
Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“We have entered irrigation season. Rains on Friday gave us about a week of reprieve on pumping costs. Rice began to hit midseason nitrogen decisions.”
Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers continued to plant soybeans. Rice reached mid-season, and corn began pollinating. Irrigation began on corn and early soybeans.”
Kevin Lawson, Perry County
“Rice was sprayed for armyworms. Soybean planting continued. Pre-tassel applications of nitrogen were applied to remaining corn in the county. Pasture scouting for armyworms continued. Livestock herds were worked for fly control. Sod fields received herbicide applications and fertilizer.”
J. Joe Moore, Sharp County
“Hay harvest was in full swing. Producers were spraying weeds and brush in pastures. Melon growers were applying fungicides.”
Dave Freeze, Arkansas County
“Most of our rice was fertilized and flood established. Corn began to silk, and regular irrigation started. Soybean planting neared completion, and our earliest beans started to receive irrigation.”
Herbicide Resistance Info
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 18, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 23 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 16 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 75.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Keiser. Highs ranged from 81.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 92.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Keiser. Precipitation was scarce throughout the state, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the state with an average of 0.94 inches.