Arkansas Field Reports: More Rain Delays

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 4, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain last week halted harvest for the most part. A few fields of peanuts and soybeans were harvested. We will need several days of dry conditions before harvest can start back up, but rain is in the forecast.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rain continued to halt soybean harvest and wheat planting. Flooding is starting to become a concern as more rain is predicted. Soybean quality continued to decline. Producers continued to graze cattle on excess grass from late season rains.”

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“Peanut harvest was slow. Digging has been delayed due to rains, and this week’s weather forecast doesn’t appear to be favorable.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Harvest once again stalled out in the middle of last week with two to four inches of rainfall in the county. Soybean quality continued to deteriorate rapidly. Unharvested crops will be “mudded” out. Feeding of hay to livestock has begun.”

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Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Heavy rains on Thursday of last week put a hold on some producers being able to finish off crop harvest for several days.”

Ron Matlock, Saline County
“Forage producers did not get to cut hay in the fall because of wet conditions.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 4, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 48 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 38.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 54.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Highs ranged from 60.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 77.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the central part of the State with an average of 3.74 inches.


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