Arkansas Field Reports: Cool Conditions Slow Crop Development

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 12, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    J. Joe Moore, Sharp County
    “Spraying weeds and working cattle. Melon producers are setting plastic and irrigation.”

    Allen Davis, Greene County
    “It has been cold the last week. Crop emergence is taking several days. As fields dried late in the week, a large balance of our corn was planted while rice planted started to take off.”

    Mike Andrews, Randolph County
    “Row crop farmers back in the field working/planting on those fields that are dry enough. There are still lots of fields to wet to prepare for planting. Cool season forages made moderate growth during the week. A few cattle producers worked calves during the week.”

    Kevin VanPelt, Conway County
    “Stripe rust is showing up in several wheat fields, with severe infestation in susceptible varieties.”

    Russ Parker, Crittenden County
    “Cool soil and air temperatures hindering new planting and crop germination. Still about 10 days from cotton and grain sorghum planting target. Rain in forecast early next week.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Farmers returned to the field after heavy rainfall from previous week. Corn planting will be wrapping up and focus placed on rice and early season soybean planting. Emerging corn is having difficulty coming through the rain packed soil surface. Livestock continue to chase early green grass and deal with gnats.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 10, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 34.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Gilbert to 51.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Portland. Highs ranged from 66.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Corning to 80.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Dequeen. The precipitation for this week was mainly in the northern half of the state, with the highest concentration in the northeast region of the state with an average of 0.71 inches

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