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Corn crop is slow to emerge, but outlook is hopeful

It’s not as bad as it could have been: Less than 10 percent of this year’s already-planted corn crops will need to be replanted, according to a University of Arkansas Extension Service expert.

It’s “less than what we anticipated a couple of weeks ago,” said Jason Kelley, an Extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “A lot of the growers may not be seeing perfect stands they wanted, but in most cases, the stands are acceptable.”

Most of the early to mid-March planted corn took three-four weeks to emerge, instead of the normal 10 to 14 days, because of cold soils and less-than-ideal air temperatures, Kelley said.

The Crop Report issued recently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service said corn was 61 percent planted, compared with 36 percent a week ago and the 76 percent five-year average. Thirty-six percent of the corn crop had emerged, up from 16 percent the previous week.

The report also shows 1 percent of Arkansas’ cotton being planted. Sorghum was 18 percent planted, up from 6 percent in last week’s report, but compared to 87 percent last year. Rice was 23 percent planted, up from 9 percent the previous week and the crop was 4 percent emerged. Winter wheat in Arkansas was 21 percent headed, compared to 99 percent this time last year.

For more information, visit www.uaex.edu.

Date: 5/27/2013



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