Arkansas Field Reports: Crops Progressing Where Not Drowned Out

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 28, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Tropical Storm Barry caused flooding on several thousand acres of soybeans. The hot, sunny days that followed scalded most of them. We lost about 80% of these acres. Producers are trying to replant but showers have prevented it.”

Terrell Davis, Pike County
“There was lots of hay cut last week with the dry, cool temperatures. However, several acres of hay were lost due to flooding from the week prior. Bermuda growth was slowed by the cool evening temperatures.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Producers continued to scout and treat soybeans for corn earworms and webworms. Rice was getting close to heading and kernel smut fungicide applications should be going out soon. Hay fields and pastures look very good from the rain and temperatures that we are getting here in the county.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“It was a dry and unseasonably cool week which makes for great hay weather, so producers were hard at work making up for 2018. Gardens and fruits have done well since soils dried. Some armyworm and moth activity was spotted with the drier weather. Ouachita River was on the rise again now that Barry’s rains have had time to come south. There is no threat to productive farm land, but residents are having to boat in and out.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Irrigation resumed where rainfall was not received. Early corn was nearing black layer. Rice was rapidly heading and flowering. Soybeans were reaching full bloom where they weren’t drowned out. Hay was being baled. Stinkbug pressure was building in rice.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 28, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 25 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 58.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 73.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Keiser. Highs ranged from 79.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 91.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Light precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the south central part of the State with an average of 0.45 inch.


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