Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Harvest Nearing Finish, Soybeans Taking Off

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 6, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Many producers were finishing rice harvest, and some producers were starting soybean harvest. Others were preparing fields for next year’s crop.”

Bryce Baldridge, Lawrence County
“Harvest continued last week. For the most part, yields remain good. Rain received late last week will slow things up.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rice and soybean harvest started early last week. Row crop producers started planning for planting wheat for grain, and livestock producers were starting to plant winter annuals. Fall calving continued.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Rapid harvest continued with rice, and soybean harvest pace was picking up. Dry conditions are causing concern for wild fires.”

Terrell Davis, Pike County
“Recent rains have greened up pastures and given area cattlemen the opportunity to plant cool season annuals. However, the county is still under a burn ban.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“The promise of a cool front and rain will likely lead to improved conditions. Cool season forages will finally get the moisture and temperatures needed for their transition.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 6, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 20 percent very short, 30 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 22 percent very short, 31 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

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