Arkansas Field Reports: Early Corn Harvest, Crops Mostly Look Good

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Spotty, heavy rainfall was causing flooding at the bottom of some soybean fields that have been replanted multiple times. Earworm numbers have really picked up across the county with several thousand acres of soybeans being treated.”

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Last week, producers were irrigating field crops, prepping combines for harvest, and hauling out old crop grain from storage.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Soybeans caught another perfect rain and look really good across the county. The only soybeans that are having a tough time are the ones planted late after the flood. Rice is headed and stink bug applications are going out. Hay fields will be cut next week. Armyworm counts still remain low in the county.”

Terrell Davis, Pike County
“Dry conditions are beginning to take their toll on area cattlemen. Pastures and hay fields desperately need rain.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Corn harvest is set to begin on a limited basis, and rice draining is occurring. Soybeans continued to be irrigated, and hay was being baled.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 18, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 39 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 34 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 66.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 75.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs. Highs ranged from 86.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was light throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the central part of the State with an average of 0.40 inch.


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