Arkansas Field Reports: Lots of Field Work, Some Planting

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 24, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Andrew Sayger, Monroe County
“Some producers were able to start fieldwork, especially on lighter soils. Fields were drying rapidly with less rain and more sun. Next week should be very productive if rain holds off. Buffalo gnats are harassing animals.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Late last week a lot of fieldwork occurred and some burndown herbicide applications were being made. We are expecting corn planting to take off next week and there will also be some rice going in the ground.”

Branon Thiesse, Craighead County
“Field preparation and burn down applications continued last week. A few fields of rice and corn have been planted.”

Danny Griffin, Van Buren County
“Dryer weather last week allowed producers to get fertilizer out on cool season pastures.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Row crop producers finally got in the field last week and did some tillage. With continued good weather, some rice may be planted in the coming weeks. Wheat was getting the last shot of fertilizer, but it still doesn’t look impressive. Winter annuals were finally starting to grow. Hay and pastures were being sprayed for winter weeds.”

Clay Gibson, Chicot County
“Rice was planted late last week, and corn was being planted as fast as the growers could get it in the ground. No soybeans have been planted. Fields are still rutted from last year and field preparation is going slow.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 24, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 29.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 43.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Des Arc. Highs ranged from 58.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 70.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Sparkman. Light precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the west central part of the State with an average of 0.63 inch.


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