Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Going to Flood, Crops Behind Develoment

Rice going to flood. Photo: University of Arkansas

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 9, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain delayed row crop progress. Some rice fields received pre-flood nitrogen and started to flood early last week. Hay harvest was delayed due to rain and saturated ground.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Farmers were able to plant soybeans early last week before rainfall occurred. Corn was being irrigated before the rain along with rice receiving its first flood. Hay was being baled when weather allowed. Crops are a month behind in development.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Rain received was needed for seed germination, herbicide activation, and general soil moisture. Sufficient rain turned into excess, and low ends of fields are flooded.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Rain was followed by warm, dry conditions, which improved production opportunities for producers in Union County. Flooding along the Ouachita poses a little problem for livestock. Producers are making hay and are considering sending some north to producers who need it.”

Corey Tyler, Fulton County
“Farmers continued to cut their hay crop due to the drier conditions that had been provided the last few days.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 9, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 55.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 71.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Des Arc, Searcy, and Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 78.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 91.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate to heavy precipitation was scattered throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the west central part of the State with an average of 3.05 inches.


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