Arkansas Field Reports: Soybean Planting – Wheat Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 10, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Richard Klerk, Arkansas County
“Rice continued to be fertilized and flooded. Soybean planting and replanting was finishing up. Wheat harvest began. Most producers finished the first hay cutting and were fertilizing for the second cutting.”

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“Conditions were dry which led to irrigation being initiated in many areas. Less productive soil areas within fields began showing drought symptoms.”

Clay Gibson, Chicot County
“High temperatures last week. Corn was coming along rapidly. We could use a rain. Just about everyone has finished preparations to irrigate crops via ground wells.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Spotty showers haven’t been enough to maintain moisture for hay and grass production. Livestock producers are concerned that an early dry season may be a certainty. Many began looking to buy extra hay where they can find it. Some are reducing their herd size as a means to stay in production.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 10, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 11 percent very short, 37 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 27 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 56.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett to 70.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 94.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was sparse throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southwest part of the State with an average of 1.02 inches.

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