Arkansas Field Reports: Snows Slow Planting, Some Hail Damage

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 8, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Berni Kurz, Washington County
“There is a possibility for frost damage on strawberry, blueberry, and peach fruit crops from last week’s freezing temperatures, but it’s too early to determine.”

Dave Freeze, Green County
“Last week was cold! Farmers are ready to roll. If we miss the rain next week, then our producers will have a long window to get most of their corn and rice planted.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Early week storms stopped fieldwork for the southern part of the county, while northern areas continued corn and rice planting. Hail damaged oat acreage. Black gnats continued to harass all living things.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Snow on Saturday morning and below freezing temperatures slowed progress of all crops and forages. With drier and warmer weather forecasted, planting of row crops should pick up early next week. Many forage producers fertilized cool season forages last week.”

Brian See, Marion County
“The weather continued to confuse forages. Cool season grasses broke dormancy and began to grow with the arrival of rain, but cold nights slowed their growth. Producers continued to feed hay as forage growth was still inadequate.”

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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 8, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 24.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 44.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett and Portland. Highs ranged from 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 1.88 inches.

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