Rain slowing down Arkansas field progress

Rains prevented Arkansas farmers from getting much field work done last week.  USDA reporters say there were only three days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday.

Topsoil moisture levels are reported as 24% surplus, 66% adequate, and 9% short while subsoil moistures are similarly 24% surplus, 67% adequate, and 9% short.

Arkansas reporters say all this year’s corn is now planted with 96% of the crop emerged.  Seventy-two percent of the corn is in either good or excellent condition.

Eighty-six percent of the cotton crop is planted and 66% of the cotton has emerged.  Thirty percent of the cotton is in excellent condition, with 46% rated good and 20% rated fair.

Ninety-nine percent of the rice has been planted, with 93% emerged.  Twenty percent of the rice is rated excellent this week, with 58% rated good and 19% rated fair.

Eighty-five percent of the peanuts are planted, and 61% of the crop has emerged. 

Eighty-Eight percent of the soybeans have been planted.  Seventy-eight percent of the crop has emerged, and 9% are already blooming.

Ninety-five percent of Arkansas’ winter wheat has headed.  Seventy-four percent is coloring.  One percent of the wheat has been harvested.  Eight percent of the wheat crop is rated excellent, with 57% good and 28% fair.

Hay production is also picking up as 43% of first-crop hay has been cut. 

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