Arkansas Field Reports: Early Rice, Corn Nearing Harvest


Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 11, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Producers were rolling up poly pipe on corn fields that reached maturity. Early planted rice fields on heavy clay soils east of Crowley’s Ridge were being drained. First rice cutting should occur by the end of next week.”

Jennifer Sansom, Little River County
“Early planted crops look good and are where they should be. There are a lot of late planted crops in our area. We are dry and needing moisture. Irrigated crops were being irrigated heavily last week. Pastures look good for the most part but overstocked producers are getting short on forage.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Soybeans around the county are starting to look better. Applications of Heligen are working well on corn earworms. Rice received fungicide applications for kernel smut last week. Heading was starting and rice stink bugs are already on the heads. Hay cuttings continued.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“It was very hot last week! Temperatures are expected to top 100 next week, but that is great hay weather. Producers are making surplus hay this year and finding places for storage. Livestock will be stressed by excess heat, but most have shade and water available. Rain is expected in the middle of next week which should cool things down.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Irrigation continued on all crops with scattered rainfall received across the county. Hay continued to be baled. Early rice was being drained in preparation for harvest. Corn was drying down ahead of harvest. Pod worms were being scouted and treated in soybeans.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 11, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 30 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 31 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 61.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 76.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs. Highs ranged from 82.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 96.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the State with an average of 3.76 inches.

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