Arkansas Field Reports: Good Harvest Progress, Some Rain Delays

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 16, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Danny Griffin, Van Buren County
“Pasture conditions are excellent compared to 6 weeks ago. Producers were cutting their best hay harvest of the year and fertilizing pastures for fall and winter grazing. Some were planting winter annuals. Armyworm reports increased in the past week.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Harvest was about to get started again when another midweek rain halted progress. Corn and rice harvest started again by the weekend. Armyworms continued to be sprayed in pastures and hay fields. Some late cuttings of hay continued. Fall calving started around the county.”

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Harvest of corn and rice progressed well last week with good yields being reported. Livestock producers were cutting hay trying to make up for short prior cuttings.”

Jimmy Driggers, Garland County
“Several producers were beginning to plant fall pastures. We are still seeing some armyworm infestations in the county.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Rainfall and cloudy weather slowed harvest early last week. Some rice was lodged. Soybeans were maturing and final hay cuttings were being made.”

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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, September 16, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 58.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 70.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Magnolia. Highs ranged from 74.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs to 87.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Magnolia. Precipitation was light throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the east central part of the State with an average of 0.99 inch.


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