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LITTLE ROCK – Despite this season’s soggy start, Arkansas farmers could set three
statewide average yield records in 2014 in corn, cotton and soybeans, the National
Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
The agency said that in Arkansas:
If the numbers hold, it would be the third straight record-setting year for corn and
soybeans in Arkansas. NASS will release final yield numbers after the first of the
Rice was estimated at 7,530 pounds per acre, 30 pounds below last year’s record and
sorghum was estimated at 88 bushels per acre, well off last year’s record 102 bushels
Nationally, corn and soybeans were on track for record yield and production, NASS
said. Corn production was expected to reach 14.4 billion bushels this year, up 3 percent
from 2013. Soybean production is forecast at 3.96 billion bushels this year, up 18
percent from 2013
Jeremy Ross, soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture, said he was surprised that NASS bumped the yield up a bushel.
“We’ve had some really good yields,” he said. “If we are at 48, that’s pretty phenomenal.
“Even though we had a wet start the last couple of years, July and August have been
outstanding for soybean growth and development,” Ross said. The downside is that most
of the soybean-growing states are also reporting good yields, reflected in lower commodity
prices most of the summer.
Prices have seen a little rebound back to the $10 range in the fall, but “if we do
fall below that $10 range, it’s going to hurt, even though we’re making those high
yields,” he said.
Cotton was 86 percent harvested by Nov. 10. In far northeast Arkansas, some 25 percent
to 33 percent of the acres have yet to be picked.
For the most part, “what was good for the corn is what kept the cotton guys going
and being able to reach that high yield potential,” said Bill Robertson, extension
cotton specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
However, intensity and timing storms made life tough for cotton growers in northeastern
“I talked to some of the gins there in Craighead and Mississippi counties and they
figured they were going to be a quarter to a third short of the number of bales they
were expecting,” he said.
One of the gin managers said the worst part ‘was as bad as we thought it was,’ a lot
of acres are picking a bale or less than a bale’.”
Robertson said that in the rest of the state, he was hearing about good fiber quality.
For more information about crops visit www.uaex.uada.edu, contact your county extension agent or visit http://Arkansascrops.com.
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By Mary HightowerThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
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