Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Harvest Gets Underway

Rice being harvested in Prairie County, Arkansas. Photo: Fred Miller, University of Arkansas

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 8, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“Temperatures near 100 degrees and no rain for two weeks have seriously reduced conditions for agriculture in the county. The slow transition to Fall conditions is stressing plants and livestock. Late season hay crops are all but complete, but with no moisture predicted for another week, producers are reluctant to start cool season forage plantings.”

Bryce Baldridge, Lawrence County
“Corn and rice harvest started last week. Disease pressure is low. Bollworm traps are not catching moths anywhere near the threshold. Forecast shows sunny days ahead which will be good for continued harvest.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rice fields were starting to be drained. Soybean irrigation started last week for the first time. Hay and pastures are starting to feel the heat and dry weather for the first time this year.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Irrigation continued for soybeans. Dryland soybeans, along with pasture and hay meadows, were beginning to show stress due to hot, dry weather. Corn and rice harvest was occurring at a rapid pace.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Harvest is in full swing for rice, corn, and grain sorghum. Soybean crop is mostly late with many fields requiring late irrigation. Insect treatments and irrigation have been terminated on cotton with limited defoliation taking place. Most reported yields are just average with quite a bit of variability.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 8, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 20 percent very short, 47 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 42 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 65.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Mena to 72.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 84.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 101.3 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 0.14 inch.


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