Arkansas Field Reports: Soybean Planting, Rice Pre-Flood Nitrogen

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 27, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Kevin Lawson, Perry County
    “The first pre-flood nitrogen went out on rice. Soybeans continued to be planted with quick emergence. Bermuda grass finally started growing and several fields were receiving their first cutting.”

    Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
    “Rain showers allowed for most areas of the county to collect a half inch or more of needed moisture. Pastures and hay fields are improving. Some first cuttings of hay occurred, but only ten percent of total.”

    Russ Parker, Crittenden County
    “Scattered rains were a welcome relief. Most of county received adequate rainfall for herbicide activation. Pigweed that escaped pre-emergence herbicides is growing rapidly. Most producers have installed polypipe for anticipated irrigation requirements.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Heavy rainfall occurred early last week preventing planting of soybeans. Corn and rice continued to receive early season nitrogen. Herbicides continued to be applied. Some soybeans will be replanted.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 27, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 61.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Lead Hill to 71.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Keiser. Highs ranged from 79.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 93.1 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 1.89 inches.

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