Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 16, 2014.
Comments from Extension Agents
“Early cold weather is changing many producers game plan. Earlier than normal feeding of livestock is occurring, hopefully this event is not a precursor for the rest of the winter.”
–Mike McClintock, Boone County
“Winding up cotton harvest and wheat planting.”
–Andy Vangilder, Clay County
“Farmers are spraying ryegrass in wheat fields; soybean harvest is basically complete; wheat is being seeded; some hay is being fed; good dry land soybean yields have been reported; wet field conditions have slowed remaining acres of wheat to be planted; emergence also slowed.”
–Hank Chaney, Faulkner County
“Harvesting soybeans and planting wheat.”
–Jeff Welch, Lonoke County
“Soybean harvest is quickly wrapping up. Livestock continue to receive supplement feeding resulting from the recent cold weather. Some fall tillage continues where able.”
–Brent Griffin, Prairie County
“Soybean harvest continues at a slow pace. Some wheat still emerging.”
–Mitch Crow, Saint Francis County
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 16, 2014. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 15 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 23.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Gilbert to 34.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Hot Springs. Highs ranged from 42.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 58.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Cabot. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the south central region of the state with an average of 0.64 inches.