Arkansas Field Reports: Rains Stall Out Planting

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 1, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“Continued rains have fields flooded. If rains continue next week, planting intentions may be adjusted in some cases.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Corn planting continued early last week until rainfall occurred. Field preparation continued as well. Pasture and hay meadows were sprayed with herbicides to control winter weeds. Black gnats increased in population and were harassing all living things.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Last week’s rainfall and cold temperatures put farmers on hold.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain continued to slow row crop progress. Cool temperatures slowed emergence of planted crops. Cool season forages made slow growth during the week. Dry, warmer conditions are needed for row crop planting to continue.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Spring rains continued to keep surface soil moisture high and made management of weeds and nutrition challenging. Bright sun continued to green the landscape.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 1, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 33 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 5 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 39.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Portland and Stuttgart.

Highs ranged from 56.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 76.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Eudora. Heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the State with an average of 6.07 inches.

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