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By Mary Hightower
U of a System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: with art available at www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/26920088375 )
LITTLE ROCK – A combination of dry weather and long days have enabled Arkansas’ crop
producers gain ground this planting season, according to Monday’s report from the
National Agricultural Statistics Service.
“We did have a few days of good, drying weather to get some soybean planted,” said
Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture. “I know in Prairie and Lonoke counties, soybean producers were going
late into the night several nights the end of last week and this weekend either working
ground or planting.”
Brent Griffin, Prairie County extension staff chair for the Division of Agriculture
agreed with Ross that farmers accomplished a lot “considering we had 6 to 8 inches
of rain 10 days ago.”
The soybean crop is closing in on the halfway mark with 48 percent planted this week,
up from 32 percent last week and ahead of the 35 percent five-year average.
Cotton was more than half completed with 57 percent planted. That’s up from last week’s
36 percent and ahead of the 39 percent five-year average.
“36 to 57 is a good bump especially considering most of it took place on Saturday
and Sunday. Some were in the field as early as Thursday and a few more on Friday,”
said Bill Robertson, cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division
“The long string of morning temps in the low 50s has slowed progress of earlier planted
cotton,” he said. “Some stands are difficult to evaluate as emergence is still occurring.
Most just need a little more time. I’m excited to have improved temps for cotton germination
For the most part, lows were expected to linger in the 60s this coming week, with
a dip into the upper 50s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, “dry” is hard to
find in this week’s forecast. As of Monday afternoon, a chance for thunderstorms was
forecast through Thursday night.
“Doesn’t look like we will get much planted this week according to the weather forecast,”
Corn producers were closest to being done with 99 percent of their anticipated acreage
in the ground. That’s up from 96 percent last week and the 93 percent five-year average.
Peanut growers made up a lot of ground going from last week’s 44 percent planted to
60 percent in this week’s report.
Rice was 93 percent planted, up from 87 percent last week and ahead of the 72 percent
Sorghum is 62 percent planted, up from 43 percent last week and the 71 percent five-year
Winter wheat is 96 percent headed.
The NASS report covers the week ending Sunday. NASS is part of the United States Department
For more information on crop production, visit www.uaex.uada.edu, http://arkansascrops.com, or contact your county extension office.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org