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Oct. 16, 2020
By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of Agriculture
(455 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
LITTLE ROCK — Winds and from Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of 2020, blew through much of the southeastern half of Arkansas last
weekend, again slowing harvest efforts in much of the state.
The effects were particularly pronounced in the half dozen counties that occupy the
southeastern corner of Arkansas. According to the National Weather Service in Little
Rock, winds as high as 47 miles per hour were recorded in Drew County, and as high
as 48 miles per hour in Jefferson County on Oct. 10.
Most areas in the southeast corner of the state saw 3-4 inches of rain during the
48-hour period beginning Oct. 10. The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reported a downed
power line and other wind damage in Warren.
In Desha County, county extension agent John Farabough said last weekend’s rains brought
a degree of lodging and boll loss.
“Talking to farmers and consultants around the county, we’ve seen some damage in cotton
with either plants laying on the ground or bolls laying on the ground,” Farabough
said. “Seems like farther south you go the worse it gets.
“Soybeans took a large hit this weekend as well,” he said. “After looking around the
county, lots of soybean fields ended up on the ground after 4 inches of rain and high
winds. Always a worry this time of year is frequent rain fall holding farmers out
of the field and damaging crops the longer they sit out in the field.”
While harvest efforts have been a battle for most commodities in the state, cotton
growers have seen a particularly tough month. On Oct. 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
reported that only 13 percent of the state’s cotton acreage had been harvested. The
following week offered a ray of hope, however, as producers more than doubled their
progress, bringing the harvested acreage to 30 percent of the cotton planted in the
state. While still well behind the five-year average of 47 percent for this point
in the season, the harvest appeared to be picking up steam.
Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, said that this past week has throttled that engine somewhat.
“Wednesday was our first day back in the field after Delta,” Robertson said. “That
was a pretty good day for cotton and peanut harvest.
“Showers and cloudy weather shut things down again on Thursday,” he said. “We’re hoping
to be able to start back early afternoon,” Robertson said Friday. “We’ll need a little
extra drying time from yesterday showers and no sun.”
As of Friday morning, the National Weather Service is forecasting dry, sunny weather
for most of the state today and Saturday, with rain possible for most of the state
To learn more about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative
Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons 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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