Arkansas Field Reports: Limited Harvest – Waiting for Fields to Dry

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 19, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain received last week ranged from 1.5 inches to over 5 inches in localized areas of the county. Corn and rice harvest will begin next week if weather conditions allow. Many forage producers were seeking out seed for cool season annual forages to plant in hopes for some fall and spring grazing due to short hay supply. Insect pressure in row crops has been fairly low except for a few fields treated for worms in soybeans.”

Dave Freeze, Green County
“Much needed rain was received at the end of last week in the county, and some places received more than needed. As fields dry, corn harvest will begin with rice harvest soon thereafter.”

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“The county received rain last week, and a determination of the impact on crops is still to come. Some crops were likely starting to mature and may not benefit from the additional moisture. Soybeans and a few late cotton fields may see improvements from the rain. We are hopeful for clear sky conditions for the remainder of this season.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Some rain was received last week, but it was not enough with temperatures back in the 100 degree range. The dog days are working on more than the dogs. Producers continue to purchase hay, wherever they can get it, just to hang on until moisture and cooler temperatures return.”

Richard Klerk, Faulkner County
“Rain slowed up the next hay harvest. A few soybeans were sprayed for corn earworms. Rice fields were starting to be drained. Corn harvest should begin in the next couple of weeks.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 19, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 30 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 64.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Sparkman. Highs ranged from 79.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 95.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the west central part of the State with an average of 5.51 inches.

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