Arkansas Field Reports: Rapid Week for Harvest

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 15, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Producers were harvesting corn and rice. Soybean producers were irrigating late planted acres. Some producers were working ground in preparation of 2020 crop.”

Ray Benson, Mississippi County
“Only a few soybean acres have been harvested. We should be able to get a better yield estimate in the next 7-10 days. Warm, dry weather is allowing all crops to mature at a steady pace.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rice was starting to turn. Soybeans are maturing quickly and irrigation continued this week. Hay and pasture fields are showing stress from dry, hot weather.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Rapid harvest for rice and corn was taking place last week. Irrigation continued for soybeans. Pastures are becoming short because of dry weather.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“It is still hot and dry in the county causing forages to become thin. Some producers are feeding hay. Rainfall is needed soon to finish off warm season and ease the transition to cool season forages.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Dry conditions throughout the county have allowed crop harvest to progress rapidly.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 15, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 28 percent very short, 48 percent short, 22 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 18 percent very short, 51 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 62.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 73.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 84.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 101.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Precipitation was scarce throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 0.57 inch.

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