Arkansas Field Reports: Early Soybeans Setting Pods, Rice Heading

    Rice on the verge of heading. Photo: University of Arkansas

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 14, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Bryce Baldridge, Lawrence County
    “Some soybeans were starting to make pods. There is very little bollworm pressure. Stinkbug sweeps were generating 2 to 3 bugs per 25 sweeps. We aren’t finding any sheath blight in rice as of now. Some corn will need 1 to 2 irrigations before being done.”

    Mike Andrews, Randolph County
    “Livestock producers completed second cutting of warm season forage on a few fields. Horn fly numbers reached treatment level across the county. Row crops made good progress during the week. Rice heads were beginning to emerge in early fields. Irrigation of all crops was conducted with scattered showers received during the week.”

    Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County
    “Rice received a mid-season application of nitrogen. Soybeans are in all stages, and there is still some being planted. A good rain came through the middle part of the county last week which led to improved hay and pastures. We need rain in the soybean areas soon. Hay producers continued to keep an eye out for armyworms.”

    Glenda Sutherlin, Union County
    “Excellent hay producing weather was received last week. Rain expected from Tropical Storm Barry will be welcomed because this is the time of year we normally begin to dry up and production suffers until fall rains begin. There are still no reports of armyworms.”

    Brent Griffin, Prairie County
    “Farmers continued irrigation for all crops. Second hay cutting was taking place. Rice stinkbug pressure was increasing.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 14, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 26 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 22 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Highs ranged from 82.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Kingston to 98.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crossett. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration occurring in the southeast part of the State with an average of 1.47 inches.

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