Arkansas Field Reports: Rice, Soybean Harvests Pick Up Steam

Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 17, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

J. Joe Moore, Sharp County 
“Hay harvest continued last week. A few producers were spraying for fall armyworms. Lack of rain caused some producers to delay planting of fall forages.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County 
“Last week a lot of hay was put up. The week of good, dry weather allowed producers to put a big dent in harvest. Corn harvest neared completion, and rice harvest was in full swing.”

Berni Kurz, Washington County 
“Washington County received much needed rain this past weekend as pastures were drying up. This moisture should give fall pastures a kick start.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County 
“Only a trace of rainfall was detected last week. Harvest rapidly picked up steam for corn, rice, and early soybeans. Last cuttings of hay were made. Redbanded stink bugs were infesting soybeans.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rice and corn harvest progressed during the week. A few peanut growers pod blasted to determine if they could begin digging. Some peanuts and soybeans received irrigation. Forages were declining due to a lack of soil moisture. Some livestock producers continued planting cool season forages with the hope of receiving rain soon.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 17, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 37 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 30 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 52.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 64.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Pine Bluff. Highs ranged from 75.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Evening Shade to 86.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Mena. Precipitation was scarce throughout the state, with the highest concentration occurring in the east central part of the state with an average of 0.50 inches.

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