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By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
LITTLE ROCK — As Arkansas producers enjoy a respite from the heavy rains that fell
for more than a week throughout much of the state, corn growers in particular are
hoping to catch up with a harvest schedule that is quickly leaving them behind.
Jason Kelley, extension feed grains agronomist for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, said that corn growth had been ahead of normal for much of
the growing season. However, according to a report published Monday by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Arkansas growers have only
harvested about 8 percent of all corn planted in the state — well behind the five-year
average of 23 percent for this point in the season.
Kelley said that grain moisture has remained high with recent wet weather, and has
been too high to sell directly to grain terminals. Growers who have been harvesting
tend to be those who own drying equipment, Kelley said.“Timing is everything,” Kelley
said. “We just need some dry weather to really begin the corn harvest.”
While the state’s corn harvest has been arrested in mid-stride, the Arkansas rice
harvest may yet be stuck in the starting blocks. Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist
for the Division of Agriculture, said he would be surprised if growers in the state
had harvested even the 4 percent of total rice acreage estimated in Monday’s NASS
“We went through 10 days of rainfall up and down the entire state, and I haven’t seen
a combine move out of a shed in 10 days,” Hardke said. “The first harvest progress
we’ve had in 10 days was late last Sunday, with Monday and Tuesday cranking up pretty
good. The goal right now is to just harvest whatever rice they can before the next
round of rain is due.”
With the exception of northwest Arkansas, most of the state has received significantly
higher-than-average rainfall throughout the month of August. In Little Rock, the National
Weather Service measured 6.6 inches of rain in the first 19 days of the month alone
— more than four times the normal precipitation for that period of time. More than
three times the normal rainfall was measured at monitoring points in Harrison, Texarkana,
El Dorado and Pine Bluff.
Both Hardke and Kelley warned of potential lodging problems in corn and rice, wherein
unharvested crops become saturated and driven over sideways by high winds, causing
a “domino effect” across fields.
In Louisiana, the USDA put the statewide number of rain days at six out of seven for
the week-long period ending Aug. 21. Many areas of the state experienced rain every
day, with Cooperative Extension Service agents in parishes throughout the state reporting
flooding that submerged both crops and structures.
While Louisiana’s corn harvest was 93 percent complete and its rice harvest 60 percent
complete, much of the state’s agricultural product for 2016 may have been lost. Monday,
the Louisiana State University’s Ag Center published a preliminary assessment of the
potential economic impact to the state’s agricultural industry due to the rainfall
Overall, researchers estimated total losses to the ag sector at more than $110 million,
with losses due to yield reduction and replanting costs in nine crops. Costs associated
with yield reductions in rice alone were estimated at more than $33.6 million.
About 72,000 acres of Louisiana rice — about 20 percent of all rice acres planted
— were not harvested, according to the report.
Similarly, NASS rated about 20 percent of Arkansas rice acres as “poor” due to flooding
and other problems, affecting about 300,000 acres.
Hardke said the partial throttling of the region’s rice had resulted in an upswing
in September rice futures on the Chicago Board of Trade, driving prices from about
$9.60 a bushel to about $10.40.
“That’s not what anyone’s paying in cash right at the moment, but it can be a good
indication of what cash prices will do,” Hardke said.
“I don’t think the full story of the market impact will be known until we know how
many future acres will be impacted,” He said. “It’s not over yet. As long as those
crests are still moving down those rivers, it’s not over. “
For more information about crop production or commodities, contact your county extension
office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu or
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) 671-2126