Arkansas Field Reports: Rains Slow Harvest

Rain clouds moving towards maturing peanut field. Photo: Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 14, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Weather slowed harvest of row crops. The rain has been beneficial to forages, and a few producers will try to get a last cutting of hay even though the moisture has kept some producers from baling.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Corn harvest finished up early last week, but rains during the rest of the week halted soybean and rice harvest. A few late hay fields were cut. Winter annuals have begun to emerge in pastures.”

Ron Matlock, Saline County
“Some producers still have hay fields remaining to be cut and are waiting on the weather to allow it.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Harvest pace was slowed do to mid-week rainfall. Reports of damaged soybeans continue to be received. Final harvesting of corn and rice was nearing completion.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Soybean harvest was well under way last week. Some fields were showing significant seed damage.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rain and cooler temperatures were finally introducing fall to the region. Cool season forages should get a good start after the upcoming week.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 14, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 45.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Eudora. Highs ranged from 64.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 88.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Eudora. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the central part of the State with an average of 2.68 inches.


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