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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 4, 2014
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)

The first corn verification field was planted in Clay County on Wednesday April 2.  The field is 65 acres and is planted with DeKalb DKC 63-87 at 34,000 seeds per acre.  I will head up that way next week and start watching for emergence.  I was hoping to get more fields planted this week, but the weather is still holding us back.  We still have plenty of time to plant corn and get excellent yields.  As soon as it dries up, all the producers are on go to start planting.

Southeast Arkansas Update – Wes Kirkpatrick (Desha County) & Kevin Norton (Ashley County)

We are finally seeing some of the early planted corn emerge. Planting has stalled from rain events over the last week with a big chance of rain this Thursday that will keep planting in a holding pattern.

Central Arkansas Update – Brent Griffin & Michael Paskewitz (Prairie County)

Last week’s rainfall has been slow to dry back out.  We did have a few fields planted that were hillsides on Wednesday, but the planter did not close the seed furrow up very well.  No grain sorghum planted yet.  Corn planted last week has a 1/4 to 1/2″ sprout.  Waiting to see what the storm system does today (April 3).

Northeast Arkansas Update – Herb Ginn (Lawrence County) & Branon Thiesse (Craighead County)

Producers have been able to get back in the field this week as corn and rice planting has resumed.   I estimate that 20% of our corn acres in Lawrence County are planted as of Thursday, April 3.  I had hoped to get the Lawrence County corn hybrid trial planted this week on Wednesday, but with the threat of rain planting has been postponed until next week.    About 15-20% of the corn in Craighead County has been planted.  Not much field work due to heavy rains last Thursday and Friday. We received 1.5 to 2 inches in some locations. Lawrence County did not get as much as Craighead County did. Soil temps around 58 degrees.

River Valley Update – Kevin VanPelt (Conway County) & Hank Chaney (Faulkner County)

Planting started in the River Valley towards the end of last week before the rain started. The fields are going to just be drying out enough to get back in them as this next system of storms enters the state and with up to 3 inches of rain in the forecast most producers are holding off on planting this week.

Heat Units

Heat units really shot up this week.  All parts of the state accumulated more heat units this week than the 30 year average for the same week.  The southeast part of the state accumulated almost 20 more heat units than the 30 year average and caught up with the total 30 year average since March 9.  The central and northeast part of the state is still behind the total 30 year average since March 9.


 Region of the state(city)

Heat Units Accumulated March 29–April 4

30 Year Average Heat Units March   29–April 4

Total Heat Units Since March 9

30 Year Average Heat Units Since March 9

Southeast Arkansas(McGehee, AR)





Central Arkansas (Des Arc, AR)





Northeast Arkansas(Jonesboro, AR)





River Valley (Morrilton, AR)





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