Arkansas Field Reports: Early Corn Harvest – Rice Being Drained

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 12, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“We finally received some rain, but it was spotty. Some farmers received good rain, while some received fair rain. Others received just a dust settler. Farmers were working hard to keep up with rice and soybeans irrigation needs. Most corn is approaching maturing, while rice is in the first week or two of heading.”

Richard Klerk, Faulkner County
“A much needed rain came through the county in the middle of last week. Rainfall was anywhere from 1.5 to 5 inches. This rain will help pastures, hay fields, and dryland soybeans. Rice is getting close to draining.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Rainfall was sporadic in the county. Amounts ranged from 0.5 to 2 inches. Rice continued to be drained, and a few fields of corn were picked. Soybean irrigation continued with corn earworms being treated. With recent rainfall, hay fields and pastures are recovering from drought conditions.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Still no significant rainfall, but spotty showers have given producers hope that they can get one more cutting of hay. Producers are starting to look at developing cool season forage crops to offset hay shortage. Selective culling to reduce herd size continued, though markets are weak. Some hardwood timber has begun early dormancy or brown out in county locations with low rainfall.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Irrigation of soybeans, peanuts, and rice continued last week. A few fields of soybeans were sprayed for worms though most fields have not reached threshold. Stink bug levels have been low in most rice fields. A few locations received small amounts of rain in the county, but forages continue to need moisture.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 12, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 40 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 46 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 72.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs. Highs ranged from 83.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 96.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southwest part of the State with an average of 3.45 inches.

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