Arkansas Field Reports: Heavy Rains Halt Soybean Harvest

Rain gauge near field. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 3, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Heavy rainfall stopped soybean harvest last week. Field conditions are poor for harvest. Supplemental feeding was being done for livestock.”

Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
“Rain shut down soybean harvest and wheat planting again last week. Producers are getting out as much as they can in between rains.”

Russ Parker, Crittenden County
“Rain has stalled all harvest and fall field preparation. We received a heavy frost at the end of last week, which should quickly mature any remaining summer crops. There is still some acres of late rice in the fields.”

Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
“The first frost came a little early in 2019, but it was welcomed by hunters and gardeners. Producers who established cool season forages also welcome the cooler weather. Others, with good hay crops, will have little problem providing for their stock. The cooler weather will slow down parasites and other pests which should improve the herd health issues for the county.”

Bryce Baldridge, Lawrence County
“Harvest was wrapping up. Yields still remain good. Recent rains will benefit the livestock producers in helping with their stockpile forages.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 3, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 31.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 46.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 51.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 66.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Booneville. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the south central part of the State with an average of 2.02 inches.

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