Arkansas Field Reports: Soybean Harvest Speeds Along, Rice Wraps Up

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

J. Joe Moore, Sharp County
“Last week, producers were culling and working cattle. There were some spotty showers in the county with 0.5 inches occurring in some locations, but more rain is needed.”

Mark Keaton, Baxter County
“Baxter County needs rain. We did receive some moisture last week but it was not much. It was a very dry September with our reporting station receiving only 0.17 inches of rain for the entire month.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Lack of moisture caused forages to continue to decline in quantity and quality. A few producers were feeding hay. Row crop harvest moved forward at a steady pace. Digging of peanuts hit high gear last week with good yields and good quality grades reported. Rice harvest was winding down with only some late fields left to be harvested.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Rain is needed throughout the county as it has been dry and hot for several weeks. Last week there was a big push among producers to harvest soybeans.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Last week continued the trend of dry and unseasonably warm weather, but cooler night temperatures started to help control some insect problems. Deciduous trees were going into early dormancy to offset dry weather. Pine trees were doing well. Cool season forages began to struggle from lack of moisture, but the weather was great for making late season hay.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 8, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 39 percent very short, 45 percent short, 16 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 31 percent very short, 41 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 54.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett to 68.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Searcy. Highs ranged from 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 88.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was light throughout the state, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the state with an average of 1.26 inches.

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