Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 20, 2014.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 20, 2014. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 15 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 67.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Highs ranged from 73.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 90.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Camden. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the state with an average of 2.5 inches.
Comments from Extension Agents
“Soybean planting and wheat harvest were completed. Soybean herbicides continue to be applied. Some corn and soybean irrigation is occurred. Some midseason herbicide and nitrogen applications were still being made to rice. Rice was being scouted for diseases and some fungicides were applied.”
–Randy Chalpecka, Jackson County
“Planting and replanting soybeans; applying fungicides on rice to control disease; applied midseason nitrogen on rice. Wet weather is slowing or preventing hay harvest but cool, wet conditions are also holding back hay growth.”
–Hank Chaney, Faulkner County
“Hay producers are 1 cutting behind due to the weather. Low ground has been too wet to cut. Hay is overly mature. There will be a lot of hay volume once the weather turns around, but it will be of lower quality.”
–Ron Matlock, Saline County
“Rainfall amounts varied across the county from north .3″ to south .75″. Farmers continued to spray herbicides on soybeans along with finishing the replants from late June floods. Rice was beginning to head with fungicide treatments being made for blast and sheath blight. Corn continued grain fill with dent stage increasing. Cotton blooming with growth regulators and insecticides being applied. Hay was being cut and baled. Sorghum was in the milk stage with earworms being reported. Armyworms were being found in soybeans.”
–Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“The rain is greatly appreciated. Forages are looking good. Hay barns are filling. Cattle and calves look good. Hope August is just as wet.”
–Robin Bridges, Union County