Arkansas Field Reports: Planting Makes Good Progress Where Not Stalled by Rain

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 22, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Clay Gibson, Chicot County
“Recent excessive rains led to major delays in corn crop planting. Some producers have decided to not plant corn at all this year.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Last week’s dry weather allowed for row crop planting to move forward. Windy conditions slowed herbicide applications. Many forage producers fertilized pastures and hay ground.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Rains last weekend will keep farmers out of the field the next 3 to 4 days. Planting, fertilizing, and spraying should resume late next week.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers continued planting rice and soybeans. Corn was being replanted due to cool wet weather conditions. Livestock growers worked cattle and prepared for upcoming hay season.”

Kevin Lawson, Perry County
“Rice and corn was being planted in the county. Spring fertilization of Bermuda grass hay fields was still on halt until the weather gets a little warmer.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 5 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 32.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 47.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Rohwer. Highs ranged from 60.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 74.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Pine Bluff. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the south central part of the State with an average of 1.67 inches.

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