Arkansas Field Reports: Rice Harvest Wrapping Up, Soybeans in Full Swing

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 20, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Dave Freeze, Greene County
“Some producers were harvesting soybeans and peanuts while others were planting winter wheat. Ground preparation for next year began for those producers that had already harvested their crops.”

Rick Wimberley, Cross County
“Recent rains have delayed harvest slightly, giving producers a breather. Cooler temperatures are shutting down late planted soybeans. A few producers have completed harvest.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Soybean harvest was in full swing, and a few acres of wheat were put in the ground. Some hay was still being cut. Winter annuals continued to go in.”

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Harvest pace slowed due to early week rainfall but picked back up late last week. Rice harvest finished. Fall tillage was delayed from rainfall. Livestock were being fed hay until winter annuals emerge.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“We received much needed heavy rainfall early last week. Pastures are still green and providing some good late season grazing. The transition to cool season forages is looking much better now. Temperatures dropped to seasonal norms, and plants are responding to temperature and length of day normal patterns. We are still in need of moisture to restore ground water levels.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 13 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 22 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 36.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 49.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Rohwer. Highs ranged from 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Rohwer to 72.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs and Mountain View. Light to moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the south central part of the State with an average of 3.09 inches.


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