Arkansas: Harvest in Full Swing – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 20, 2015.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Joe Moore, Sharp County
    “Bush-hogging unsprayed fields. Culling cattle, working cattle, and selling spring-born calves. Seeding annuals and harvesting hay.”

    Andy Vangilder, Clay County
    “Harvest is going good. Some rice yields disappointing. Fields are dry, could some precipitation, but that would delay harvest.”

    Allen Davis, Greene County
    “Corn, rice, and grain sorghum harvest continue in earnest. Fields are also being cultivated to plant next year’s crop. A few double crop soybeans were receiving a final irrigation.”

    Jeff Welch, Lonoke County
    “Harvesting soybeans, rice, milo, and corn. Planting winter pastures.”

    Mitch Crow, Saint Francis County
    “Cotton defoliation has begun. Late planted soybeans were irrigated final time. Most of the ground behind harvested corn and grain sorghum has been tilled. This will help control pigweeds and incorporate crop debris into soil to start breaking down.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 20, 2015. Topsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 43 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 40 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 52.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Evening Shade to 65.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Pine Bluff. Highs ranged from 77.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Winslow to 94.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Magnolia. The precipitation for this week was minimal throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southwest region of the state with an average of 0.13 inches.

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