Arkansas Field Reports: Mostly Dry Conditions Aid Harvest

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 15, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Harvest progressed rapidly with many producers finishing last week. Yields have been above average across all crops. Ground preparation for next season got underway.”

J. Joe Moore, Sharp County
“Very dry weather continued to hurt forage growth. Some producers were trying to locate hay to buy to add to their supply in case dry conditions continue.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Two days of scattered rain last week. Peanut and soybean harvest progressed well with the exception of some areas during the rainy days. A few livestock producers continued to feed hay due to forages being short from lack of moisture.”

Kevin Lawson, Perry County
“Soybean harvest continued. Spring calves were being weaned and worked. Winter pastures began to emerge from recent rains.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“The dry weather continued last week, but this time of year reduces the risk of drought. Insect pressure has been reduced due to cooler nighttime temperatures. Rain is needed to provide moisture for cool season forages.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 15, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 30 percent very short, 50 percent short, 20 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 29 percent very short, 42 percent short, 29 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 48.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 63.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Searcy. Highs ranged from 72.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 91.8 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 0.81 inches.

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