Arkansas Field Reports: Harvest Speeds Along

Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 7, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Stewart Runsick, Clay County
“Rice harvest was nearing completion. Soybean harvest was in full swing. Corn harvest is behind, and some farmers have decided to harvest rice and leave corn in the field.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Several fields had their last cuttings of hay last week. Rice and soybean harvest was in full swing as the weather finally gave us a break. Pastures were being planted with wheat, ryegrass and other annuals.”

Ernest Bradley, Lee County
“Soybean producers have reported mold damage due to recent rains and humidity causing significant deductions at grain elevators.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Harvest resumed after 7 days of rain and cloudy weather. Mature soybeans are experiencing severe weather damage. Some rice and corn fields that hadn’t been harvested began sprouting. Final hay cuttings have been made.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Though rainfall continues to be short, fall temperatures and sun angle have reduced evaporation of soil water. Producers were doing late cuttings of hay fields to make up for lost mid-season production due to drought conditions. Quality will be severely reduced, but volume is more important for winter demand.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 7, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 10 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Rowher. Highs ranged from 79.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 92.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was scarce throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 0.45 inch.


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