Arkansas Field Reports: Soybean Harvest Continues Between Rains

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 28, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rainfall late last week delayed harvest of soybeans, peanuts, and what little rice that is still in the field. A few producers were able to get back in the field to harvest over the weekend. A few livestock producers made a late cutting of hay.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rice harvest is just about complete and there are several soybean fields left to harvest. Continued rains and wet weather is deteriorating soybean quality. A few winter annuals were being planted in between rains. Fall working of cattle and fall calving continued.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Soybean harvest continued between rains. Quality of harvested soybeans continued to be an issue due to repeated rainfall after the crop matured.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Harvest continued until the middle of last week when one to two inches of rainfall occurred throughout the county. Soybean quality continued to deteriorate rapidly with several loads being rejected.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Recent rains and cooler temperatures have helped start cool season forages. Some producers were still trying to get second hay cuttings for winter fiber. Several producers were still reducing cattle numbers or selling out whole herds.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 28, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 32 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 36.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 47.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Evening Shade to 69.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 1.11 inches.

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