Arkansas Fields: Planting Full Speed; Hail Damage

Hail damaged corn. Photo: Wes Nelson, USDA-FSA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 13, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mark Keaton, Baxter County
“Producers are spraying weeds in pastures, fertilizing Bermuda fields, and preparing to sprig Bermuda.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Planting soybean, rice, and grain sorghum. Pulling rice field levees and flushing. Applying reemergence herbicide to all crops. A few fields cut for hay.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Need rain to activate herbicides and assist with crop emergence.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Scattered rainfall and hail fell across the county early week. Hail damaged corn and soybean causing replanting. Rice and corn planting was wrapping up with strong push in planting soybean. Crops continued to receive herbicide and fertilizer applications.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rains have stopped. Warm temperatures and wind drying things up. We will need some moisture to maintain forage green up and hay production. Producers harvesting ryegrass hay to clean off Bermuda turf. Gardens and fruit production on schedule. Pecan trees fully leafed and nut clusters have formed. I pray it is not a long hot dry summer.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 13, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 12 percent very short, 29 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 24 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 54.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 66.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 81.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 92.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Little to no precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the east central part of the State with an average of 0.09 inch.

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