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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – September 5, 2014
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

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

The White County corn verification field was harvested on August 27 at 18.4% moisture.  The field yielded 157 bushels per acre, but also had 48% greensnap from June storms.  The Lonoke County corn verification field was harvested on September 4 at 16.1% moisture and yielded 189 bushels per acre.  Both fields were adjusted to 15.5% moisture.  The Clay County corn field reached R6 (black layer) on August 30.  Harvest should continue next week on the rest of the corn verification fields.

The Chicot County grain sorghum field yielded 134 bushels per acre and was harvested at 15.1% moisture.  The Prairie County grain sorghum field yielded 102 bushels per acre and as harvested at 13.2% moisture.  Both fields were adjusted to 14% moisture.

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

Corn harvest was slowed from recent rain.  Yields are still good.  For the most part, grain moisture is below 18%.

Central Arkansas Update – Brent Griffin (Prairie County)

Harvest has been erratic around scattered showers. Yields range from 165 to 260 bushels per acre on corn and 105 to 135 bushels per acre on sorghum.  Grain moisture is slow to drop in both crops. 

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

Craighead County – We are still waiting for harvest to begin. We should have a few fields cut later in the week.  We have managed to avoid the predicted rain that has helped in the drying process.

Lawrence County – Corn harvest continues around the county, yields range from 150 to 200 bushels per acre in some fields.  White sugarcane aphids were found in another grain sorghum field, but at low levels.

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

We are trying to harvest corn this week. Grain moisture is still an issue.  Corn yields are good for the most part. Grain sorghum harvest should begin next week.

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