Arkansas Field Reports: More Rain, More Problems

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 12, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain last week continued to slow crop progress. Herbicide applications were made in rice fields for grass and weed control. Cool season forages are ready to be harvested but will be delayed due to wet ground.”

Danny Griffin, Van Buren County
“The wet weather and rain threat has delayed the start of hay cuttings. With a little stretch of dry weather next week, producers may be able to get into fields to start cutting.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Producers have replanted some corn fields due to damage from rainfall. Pastures were being scouted and treated for armyworm infestations.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“The corn that is up needs sulfur and nitrogen plus herbicide applications. Cattle continued to be worked between rain events.”

Andrew Sayger, Monroe County
“Producers were replanting corn on a limited basis before rainfall. Slow growing rice finally began taking off with a few warm days. By the end of the week, producers were pumping water off low areas as creeks and streams were backing up.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers were doing fieldwork for two days before heavy rain. Corn is showing signs of water stress and rice is emerging slowly. Corn fields that needed replanting will be switched to soybeans. Rice planting is substantially behind last year.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 12, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 30 percent adequate, and 68 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 55 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 49.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 61.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Rohwer. Highs ranged from 66.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 80.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Searcy. Heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 5.08 inches.

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