Arkansas Field Reports: Rains Slow Harvest

Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 13, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Bryce Baldridge, Lawrence County
“Producers worked a late night last week to get as much harvested as possible before the rain hit. Rain has halted harvest for a day or two. Yields remain good. Most producers have their rice cut and are moving to soybeans. Livestock producers are welcoming the rain to help with the emergence of their winter annuals.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Rain last week slowed harvest a bit. Yields of all crops are all over the board. Lodging of remaining rice is a problem. Ground preparation following harvest is a priority after last year’s difficulties.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Producers were harvesting soybeans and preparing for wheat planting. Cattle producers were finishing up last minute hay cutting and winter pasture planting.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Rainfall early last week slowed crop harvest, but the pace picked back up late in the week. Rice harvest neared completion with soybean harvest ramping up. Rain received will allow fall planted pastures to emerge.”

Rex Herring, Sevier County
“Some producers were trying to get their final hay cutting. Others were wrapping up winter annual planting.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“County cattle producers were feeding some hay to offset lack of quality pasture. Hay crop was good despite drought conditions during August and September. Temperatures are moderate due to cold front finally reaching us.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 13, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 36 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 39.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 56.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Eudora. Highs ranged from 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 81.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs. 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 5.50 inches.


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