Arkansas farmers make planting progress, despite rain

Farmers in Arkansas were able to make some planting progress last week, despite rainfall keeping many out of the fields for about half of the week.

The USDA says 91% of corn is planted and 76% has emerged, both well ahead of the respective five-year averages, and 64% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, up 2% on the week.

65% of soybeans are planted and 46% have emerged, also both faster than average.

90% of the rice crop is planted and 71% has emerged, significantly ahead of normal for both, with 79% of the crop called good to excellent.

81% of winter wheat has headed, compared to 74% normally in early May, and 4% has colored, matching the usual pace, with 65% of the crop rated good to excellent, 1% higher than last week.

Peanut planting and emergence are also ahead of normal.

10% of the first cutting of hay is complete, up 3% on the week, with 57% of the crop in good to excellent condition and another 33% in the fair category.

68% of Arkansas livestock and 56% of pastures are reported as good to excellent.

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