On average, farmers had 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 30, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Arkansas Field Office, Oct. 1.
Topsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 25 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 18 percent very short, 34 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 45 F at Calico Rock, Gilbert and Blytheville to 60 F at Fort Smith. Highs ranged from 85 F at Newport to 97 F at Fort Smith.
At the end of the week, producers had finished harvesting corn and sorghum. Cotton was 95 percent opening bolls and 21 percent harvested. Rice was 100 percent ripe and 90 percent harvested. Soybeans were 88 percent yellowing, 71 percent shedding and 60 percent mature. Forty-two percent of soybeans were harvested. Winter Wheat was 6 percent planted and 1 percent emerged. Harvesting continued with some delays due to rain, and progress harvesting rice, in particular, remained slow in many areas due to lodged crops. Many hay producers were making their final cutting of the season.
Livestock were in fair condition. Pasture and range conditions were mostly poor to fair. Producers continued to control for severe armyworm infestations throughout the state.
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