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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – September 12, 2014
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

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

Harvest was started on the Mississippi County corn verification field this week, but rain has stopped the combine.  The Clay, St. Francis, Arkansas, Jefferson and Lee corn fields are still waiting harvest.

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

Corn harvest is progressing nicely.  We are probably 70-75% complete.  Yield range is from the 170’s to the 250’s bushels per acre.

Central Arkansas Update – Brent Griffin (Prairie County)

Prairie County growers continued harvesting of corn and sorghum when weather allowed. Yields are fair to very good depending upon fields. Moisture is finally dropping in the field for those delivering directly to deliver point. 

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

Craighead County – Corn harvest is in full swing. With the rain we have received today (September 11) we will probably be out of the field for the next several days. Yields have been in the 250-260 bushels per acre range with very good test weights. Fields affected by the June storms have been cutting in the 100 bushels per range. Grain sorghum harvest has also begun with yields and quality very good as well.

Lawrence County – Lots of corn being harvested at this time, I estimate that about 50% of our approximately 10,000 acres of corn has been harvested.  We have about 1,100 acres of grain sorghum in the county and very little of it has been harvested. Much of this crop is still a little ways off from seeing a combine. 

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

A big chunk of the corn acreage has been harvested with non-irrigated yields at or above 150+ bushels per acre and irrigated yields in excess of 200 bushels per acre.  Yields have been a very pleasant surprise. There are still some acres yet to be cut. High relative humidity has made grain drying more difficult and keeping grain moisture too high for delivery to local feed mills. Rain has nixed harvest until next week and will make it more difficult.  Pigweeds have been noted around the edge of fields.  Producers need to either disk or apply herbicides to prevent late emerging plants from going to seed.  There is still enough time for seed development prior to frost. There have been no reports of grain sorghum being harvested as a result of high grain moisture.

Follow me on Twitter – Kevin Lawson @ar_cornverify

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