Arkansas Field Reports: Flood Waters Receding, More Rain in Forecast

Flooded soybean crop. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 16, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“Rain was received from spotty showers during the middle of last week, which delayed soybean planting in certain areas of the county. Rice received fertilizer and was flooded. Livestock producers were able to finish up first cutting of hay.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Soybean planting was in full swing in areas that weren’t hit by the flood. Ground on the river side of the levee was still covered, but the water was slowly coming off. Producers continued hay cutting last week ahead of forecasted rain next week. Most of the hay fields were receiving fertilizer after the cut.”

Skip Armes, Searcy County
“The extreme and persistent rains had hampered hay cutting until recently. Searcy County producers were beginning baling, but the hay had a high amount of stems and seed heads which may decrease the quality.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“There was no rain received in the last two weeks, but unseasonably cool weather has offset the drying conditions. Surface and ground water conditions were great for hay production and planting. Flood waters were receding on the Ouachita River, but rain is predicted for early next week. Producers will appreciate the moisture now that first hay cuttings have begun.”

Nicole Nichols, Pulaski County
“Some areas were still being heavily affected by recent floods. Water was beginning to recede, but more rain is expected.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 16, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 9 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 64.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Rohwer. Highs ranged from 73.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was scarce throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the State with an average of 0.18 inch.


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