Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Going to Flood, Early Soybeans Blooming

Sunrise over rice field at flood. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 23, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Mike Andrews, Randolph County
“A few rice fields have reached mid-season late last week, peanuts were beginning to bloom, early planted soybeans were starting to bloom, and late rice fields will be fertilized and flooded next week. A few hay fields were baled during the week and second cuttings will begin as weather allows.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Soybean planting continues in the county. Majority of the county missed rain all last week and things are getting dry. Rice is being flooded and hay cutting continues with the dry week.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“The Mississippi River was rising again, and is forecast to be above action stage through July 8, affecting approximately several thousand acres of cropland.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“A lot of rice received nitrogen applications and going to flood. Rice water weevil pressure had been fairly light with little need for treatment. Soybean planting resumed after fields received needed rain.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Mid-week thunderstorm brought limited rain but excessive winds caused major green snap in corn fields. Soybeans received wind damage along with hail. Soybean planting was rapidly finished and all other crops were being irrigated where no rainfall occurred.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 23, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 21 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 13 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 74.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Des Arc. Highs ranged from 80.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 92.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Camden. Light to moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the State with an average of 4.66 inches.


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