Arkansas Field Reports: Scattered Showers Offer Some Relief

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 7, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Mike Andrews, Randolph County
    “A few soybean fields were sprayed for worms, irrigating soybeans, irrigating peanuts, watering rice and harvesting hay were main activities during the week. Rain was received in isolated areas early in the week with less than a 1/2 inch being reported.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Irrigation was idled this week due to scattered rainfall. Earworm and armyworm pressure has exploded in soybeans and hay/pastures, treatment thresholds are running at 3X to 4X. Corn is maturing and early rice is being drained.”

    Kaycee Davis, Howard County
    “Heat advisory for at least three days last week, then good soaking rain showers also three days last week. Do not have inches of rainfall recorded, it was not enough to measure, but every little bit helps. Heat advisory kept days from being “suitable for work.” Although I am sure farmers were out there anyways.”

    Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
    “Extreme heat creating some livestock health concerns, but most cattle and goats have shaded loafing areas and clean water.”

    Mark Keaton, Baxter County
    “Some producers were cutting and baling bermuda and some made last nitrogen fertilizer application to bermuda fields. Continuing to scout bermuda fields for fall armyworms.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 7, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 31 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 35 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 77.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Pine Bluff. Highs ranged from 88.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. The precipitation for this week was scattered throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the North Central region of the state with an average of 1.83 inches.

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