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Arkansas crops benefited from good weather

Arkansas crops benefited from good weather last week. 

Seventy percent of the corn is silking compared to 56% last week.  Nine percent is already in the dough stage and 1% is dented.  Seventy-two percent of the corn is in good to excellent condition.

Ninety-eight percent of the state’s cotton has emerged, with 53% of it squaring and 2% now setting bolls.  Twenty four percent of the crop is rated excellent, with 46% in good condition.

First crop hay cutting is now 90% finished, and 9% of the second crop has been cut.  Ten percent of the hay is rated excellent.  Fifty-one percent of the hay is in good condition.

Ninety-seven percent of the peanuts have emerged, with 18% pegging, which is 5% ahead of the five year average.  Forty-nine percent of the peanut crop is in good condition, and 37% is rated excellent.

Ninety-five percent of Arkansas soybeans have emerged, which is six percent higher than the average.  Fifty-five percent of the soybeans are now blooming, and 25% are setting pods.  Seventeen percent of the soybeans are in excellent condition, with another 54% rated good and 23% rated fair.

Winter wheat harvest is now 83% finished, five percent ahead of the five-year average.

Two percent of the rice has headed. The crop is rated 62% good and 20% excellent.

Topsoil moisture is 60% adequate and 4% surplus, with 28% of the fields short of moisture.  Subsoil moisture levels are rated 13% surplus, 63% adequate, and 19% short.

Arkansas farmers had 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday.

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