On average, farmers had 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 22, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Arkansas Field Office, Sept. 23.
Topsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 37 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 43 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 43 degrees at Fayetteville to 58 degrees at Hot Springs. Highs ranged from 87 degrees at Batesville to 99 degrees at Eudora. Most of the state received significant rainfall at the end of last week.
By the end of last week, the major row crops were in mostly fair to good condition. Corn reached 100 percent in the mature stage and 86 percent was harvested. The cotton crop reached 75 percent opening bolls and 2 percent harvested. Rice was 86 percent ripe. Rice producers harvested 43 percent of the crop last week, 39 percent behind last year and 11 percent below the five-year average. Sorghum reached 96 percent mature and 55 percent harvested. The soybean crop was 100 percent setting pods, 61 percent yellowing, and 41 percent shedding. Thirty percent of soybeans were mature and 18 percent were harvested. Producers continued to harvest crops as weather permitted.
Livestock were in mostly fair to good condition last week. Pasture and range condition were reported in mostly fair to good condition. Hay condition was mostly fair to good.
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