Corn harvest nearing completion
On average, farmers had 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 9, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Arkansas Field Office, Sept. 10.
Topsoil moisture supplies were 18 percent very short, 30 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 32 percent very short, 30 percent short, 33percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 48 F at Fayetteville and DeQueen to 61 F at North Little Rock. Highs ranged from 95 F at Newport to 107 degrees F at DeQueen. The week began with hot, dry weather. Temperatures dropped late in the week as several cold fronts passed through the state starting Sept. 6, and heavy storms occurred Sept. 7.
At the end of the week, corn was 96 percent harvested. Cotton was 77 percent opening bolls and 2 percent harvested. Rice was 95 percent ripe and 59 percent harvested, 35 percent ahead of the previous year. Sorghum was 100 percent mature and 92 percent harvested, 42 percent ahead of the previous year. Soybeans were 62 percent yellowing, 41 percent shedding and 30 percent mature. Twenty-two percent of soybeans were harvested. Producers continued to spray for pests and harvest crops. Several counties reported rice crops lodged by the week's storms.
Livestock were in fair condition. The recent increase in rain and decrease in temperatures helped improve pasture and range conditions, but 68 percent of the land remained in very poor to poor condition
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