Arkansas Field Reports: Good Week for Rapid Planting

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 6, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Kevin Lawson, Perry County
“Last week, planting continued for corn and rice. A timely rain helped with crusting issues and herbicide activations. Winter annuals were harvested for hay.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“A lot of progress was made last week in regards to planting, spraying, fertilizing, and tillage. Also, late week rain showers helped soften crust bringing most of our rice up to a stand.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers continued rapid pace of planting. Corn received herbicide and fertilizer applications. Rice was emerging along with early season soybeans.”

Brian See, Marion County
“First hay cutting looked short and stemmy. Fescue was putting on a seed head and was barely shin high. Our first hay cutting may be a bust.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 6, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 29 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 48.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Evening Shade to 63.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 71.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 84.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the State with an average of 2.89 inches.

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