Arkansas: Finishing Harvest Between Rains – USDA

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 1, 2015.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    J. Joe Moore, Sharp County
    “Working cattle, bush-hogging, culling cows, and checking annual forages for armyworm damage.”

    Andy Vangilder, Clay County
    “Trying to complete harvest between rain showers. Need 3 to 5 days to complete harvest and a little dry weather to complete wheat planting.”

    Ray Benson, Mississippi County
    “It’s hard to determine winter wheat. Many of the areas in the county plant winter wheat and determine later if it will be used as a cover crop or for production.”

    Mike Andrews, Randolph County
    “Wet weather has slowed harvest. Peanuts and soybeans left in the field. Rain during the week was welcomed by livestock and forage producers. A few soybean yield reports in the 55-60 bushel per acre range reported by farmers on irrigated fields.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Much needed rainfall was received over the past weekend halting all harvesting. Rainfall totals ranged from 2.5 to 4 inches with minimal or no run off.”

    Robin Bridges, Union County
    “Too early to see if rain last week may have saved some of the winter forage crop. More rain expected this weekend. Temperatures are warmer than normal for season.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 1, 2015. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 17 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 34 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 38.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 59.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Eudora. Highs ranged from 53.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Pocahontas to 77.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Magnolia. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southeast region of the state with an average of 4.50 inches.

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