Arkansas Field Reports: Corn Planting Nears Finish

Highboy spraying seedling corn. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 19, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Armyworms hit several fields last week with light to heavy loss. Most damage occurred in fescue hay fields and pastures. Rice made moderate growth with rain making it difficult to pull levees and apply herbicides and fertilizer. Corn made good growth with low ends of fields showing some water stress.”

Danny Griffin, Van Buren County
“Producers are waiting for an extended break in rain to allow ground to dry in order to cut hay. We have had armyworms reported in pastures.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Producers started cutting hay last week. Some herbicide applications went out on hay fields that will be harvested in the coming weeks. The first soybeans in the county were planted last week and hopefully rice will follow soon. Corn was receiving sidedress fertilizer and much needed weed control.”

Brett Gordon, Woodruff County
“A break in the wet weather last week allowed producers to finish planting corn and resume rice planting. Fertilizer was being applied and growers were laying polypipe on early planted corn. High winds prevented some herbicide applications.”

Stacy Stone, Hempstead County
“A lot of cool season grasses were cut for hay last week. Most were past ideal maturity but at least cutting them will release the growth of summer forage.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 19, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 60 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 48 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 52.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Evening Shade to 64.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Des Arc. Highs ranged from 74.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 84.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Pine Bluff. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the south central part of the State with an average of 2.30 inches.


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