Arkansas Field Reports: Rains Keeping Farmers from Fields

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 21, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Harvest was slowed due to rain. Peanuts are needing to be dug, but the ground has been too wet. Harvest should get back on track early next week. Cattle producers were weaning spring calves.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Harvest continued between rains. It has been a long, drawn out harvest. Fall working of cattle and fall calving continued in beef cattle herds.”

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“Rains last week delayed harvest in some areas of the county. Cotton harvest is now back underway. Peanut harvest is slow as rains have delayed digging of fields to prepare for harvest.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Heavy rainfall stalled crop harvest. Condition of soybeans continued to deteriorate with each rainfall event. Reports of corn and rice sprouting continued.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Dry weather is desperately needed throughout the county to allow harvest to continue. Soybean seed quality is suffering from wet conditions.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rain and cooler temperatures continued to reduce the effects of the drought conditions in the region. Many producers made late hay cuttings on poorer quality forage in an effort to build up winter hay stocks. If moisture levels are maintained, then producers will be able to count on winter grazing of cool season forages. Some producers are continuing to reduce herd size for fear that forages will not be available.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 33 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 37.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 53.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Highs ranged from 55.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 71.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southwest part of the State with an average of 2.89 inches.

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