Arkansas Field Reports: Lots of Rain, Insect Pressure on the Rise

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 14, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Mike Andrews, Randolph County
    “Rain the last two days of the week have saturated the county. The rivers are or will be out of their banks today. County has received 7.2 inches of rain over the weekend. Will not know the extent of the flooding for several days on the crops. Livestock producers will likely have lots of fence taken out due to the flooding.”

    Rick Wimberley, Cross County
    “Corn earworm pressure is increasing in soybeans with several fields reaching treatment threshold. Rice stinkbug numbers continue to moderate with very few fields requiring treatment.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Rainfall amounts varied from 3/4″ to 5+”. Some corn harvesting was noted where growers have drying facilities. Some early rice was sampled but is still 7 days from harvest. The invasion of worms continue to infest soybean and pasture.”

    Rex Herring, Sevier County
    “Armyworms are getting bad. Some farmers are spraying for the 4th time already.”

    Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
    “Recent rain fall has increased opportunities for late hay harvest, and provided moisture for early establishment of cool season forages.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 14, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 19 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 26 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 66.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 75.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 83.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 94.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Nashville. The precipitation for this week was scattered throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the central region of the state with an average of 2.30 inches.

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