Arkansas Field Reports: Harvest Progresses Around Gordon

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 9, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“The county received a good rain over the weekend with some reports of up to three inches. Harvest will be delayed a few days while the ground dries. Harvest yield reports are above expectations in many cases. Cotton defoliation has been initiated on most mature fields.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Producers worked long hours harvesting corn and rice in anticipation of Tropical Depression Gordon. As soon as things dry up we should be able to continue with harvest and then planting of winter annuals.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain last week slowed harvest, but producers should be able to get back in the field for harvest next week. The rain was welcomed by forage producers, and forages made good growth. Corn and rice yield reports have been good.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rain was received from the remnants of Tropical Depression Gordon, but it may not be enough to help with late season summer hay production. However, it will certainly help with cool season planting and establishment. Some reports of hay production are at less than half of a normal year. Producers were still reducing herd size to maintain some production. Temperatures are beginning to become more seasonal which will help alleviate stress on livestock.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers continued rice and corn harvesting in front of Tropical Depression Gordon. Rainfall amounts varied. Some lodging of rice occurred. Soybeans began yellowing and maturing.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 9, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 73.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Subiaco. Highs ranged from 78.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 91.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashdown. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 3.07 inches.

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