Arkansas Field Reports: Planting Progresses – Getting Dry

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 3, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Rebekah Beene, Clark County
    “It is getting dry. The county could use some rain. Non-irrigated crops are starting to show signs of stress. Grass has finally started to grow well enough to help with livestock conditions.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Farmers continued planting and replanting soybeans. Rice was flooded, and corn irrigation continued. Hay was being cut and baled.”

    Kevin Lawson, Perry County
    “Soybean planting continued, and rice herbicides were applied between windy conditions. Many producers were cutting hay for the first time this year.”

    Richard Klerk, Faulkner County
    “Pre-flood nitrogen was being applied to rice and flooding started. Soybean planting was finishing up and early planted soybeans started blooming. Wheat harvest should begin soon. The majority of Bermuda grass hay fields received their first cutting last week.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 3, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 28 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 62.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 74.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 84.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 94.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashdown. Light precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the north central part of the State with an average of 1.48 inches.

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