On average, farmers had 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 7, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Arkansas Field Office, July 8.
Topsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 54 percent short, 36 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 48 percent short, 44 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 50 degrees at Calico Rock to 64 degrees at Eudora. Highs ranged from 89 degrees at West Memphis to 96 degrees at Eudora, Fort Smith, and Morrilton.
By the end of last week, corn was 94 percent silked. Corn in the dough stage was at 24 percent, 54 percent behind last year, 18 percent below the five-year average. Cotton squaring increased by 17 percent to reach 97 percent. Sorghum was 28 percent headed, 56 percent behind 2012 and 27 percent behind the five-year average. Producers had planted 98 percent of the soybean crop and emergence was at 92 percent. Soybeans were 25 percent blooming and 6 percent setting pods. Producers harvested 99 percent of the winter wheat crop by week’s end. Planting of soybeans in double crop fields was coming to a close due to dry conditions. Producers continued irrigating major row crops. All of the major row crops were in mostly fair to good condition.
Livestock were in mostly good condition last week. Pasture and range condition were reported in mostly fair to good condition last week. Hay condition was mostly fair to good. Pasture and hay fields were starting to be affected by dry weather.
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