Arkansas Field Reports: Continued Rain Delays

Wet fields delay spring planting. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 21, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Last week’s rain stopped all row crop progress. There were two days that were dry enough to plant and get residual herbicides applied in corn and rice. Forage and livestock producers applied fertilizer and chicken litter on hay ground and sprayed winter weeds in pastures.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rain continued to dictate everything going on with agriculture in Faulkner County. Nothing is getting done due to excessive amounts of rain.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Continued rains delayed all fieldwork. Corn is yellowing due to excessive soil moisture.”

Clay Gibson, Chicot County
“Extreme amounts of rain delayed planting and fieldwork. Producers in the county will have to replant a large portion of corn crop. No soybeans have been planted yet, and there is still standing water in many fields.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rains received last week severely hampered forage management. However, the moisture was followed up by moderate temperatures which hastened green up in the area. A few more nice days will allow producers to get a start on first cutting of hay by the first of May.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Heavy rainfall stopped all fieldwork. Corn replanting will occur across the county. Rice and corn emergence has been very slow due to the cool, moist conditions. Gnats continued to plague all animals.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 21, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 36 percent adequate, and 64 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 51 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 41.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 52.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Des Arc. Highs ranged from 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 72.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs. Heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the central part of the State with an average of 2.95 inches.

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