Mostly dry week for Arkansas
Arkansas farmers had nearly a whole week available for fieldwork. The USDA says precipitation was light and about 60% of soil is short to very short of moisture.
As of Sunday, 100% of corn was dented and 92% had reached maturity, both close to normal, while 38% is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 42%, with 73% of the crop rated good to excellent.
98% of soybeans are setting pods, 45% are coloring, 21% are dropping leaves, 12% are mature, and 4% of the crop is harvested, all slower than average, with 64% of beans in good to excellent shape.
98% of rice has headed, 66% is mature, and 18% is harvested, all behind the respective normal paces, with 68% of the crop called good to excellent.
35% of cotton bolls are opening, compared to 54% on average, with 89% of the crop rated good to excellent.
9% of peanuts have been dug and 4% are harvested, ahead of the usual rate for early September, with 95% of the crop in good to excellent condition.
96% of the second hay cutting is complete, with 79% of alfalfa and 30% of other types of hay reported as good to excellent.
53% of Arkansas livestock are in the good to excellent category, with 33% rated fair.