Arkansas Field Reports: Rains Activate Herbicides, Fertilizer

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 20, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Kevin Lawson, Perry County
    “Producers were in the middle of flushing rice, running polypipe on corn, and planting and spraying soybeans when a good rain fell over the majority of the county. This rain will help with herbicide activation and fertilizer that had been applied on corn, pastures, and hay fields.”

    Mike Andrews, Randolph County
    “Rain during the week slowed planting of row crops. Pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides were applied to all the row crops. Cool season forages were harvested for hay where rain was not received.”

    Russ Parker, Crittenden County
    “Most of the county received sufficient rain to activate herbicides and soften crust for remaining plant emergence. Now the fight begins to control resistant pigweed that is emerging rapidly.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Farmers continued to plant soybeans where soil moisture was adequate. Corn irrigation began with layby nitrogen being applied. Some early rice was going to flood. Hay was being cut where weather allowed.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 20, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 27 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 57.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Calico Rock to 69.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Des Arc and Rohwer. Highs ranged from 79.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 93.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the northeast part of the State with an average of 1.84 inches.

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