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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – September 26, 2014
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

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

The Jefferson, Arkansas and St Francis County corn verification fields were harvested this week. I am waiting on data to determine final yields.  The Clay County corn field was replanted on May 7 and as of Monday September 22 the grain was at 21% moisture.  Hopefully we can start harvest on it next week.

The state is at 74% harvested at this point compared to the five year average of 85%. A big jump from last week as harvest conditions has been more favorable.

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

Corn harvest is about to wrap up.

Central Arkansas Update – Brent Griffin (Prairie County) 

Harvest continues. Corn and sorghum should wrap up in coming week weather allowing.

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

Craighead County – Corn harvest continues at about 70% complete with yields ranging from 180 to 240 bushels per acre. Fields with severe green snap cut as low as 80 bushels. One variety in our standardized corn demonstration had 80% snap above the ear and still cut close to 200 bushels per acre. Grain sorghum harvest has slowed due to the grain sorghum not drying down.

Lawrence County – Thanks to warm, sunny weather corn and grain sorghum harvest has resumed. About 60% of the corn acres have been harvested at this time. Grain sorghum harvest continues to trail behind with only about 45% of the acres harvested. Favorable weather is forecasted for the next several days which should allow harvest to progress steadily in both crops. 

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

Conway County -Most of the producers in the River Valley have pretty much finished up with the corn harvest this week. Results from the County Hybrid Trials pretty much reflected the variability in yields that producers saw in their fields with yields ranging from 150 to 240 bushels per acre.

Faulkner County – Corn harvest is basically winding down this week. Harvest conditions have been simply outstanding.  For the most part, yields have been better than anticipated.  Dryland yields have been in the 140-150 bushel range with irrigated yields has been in excess of 200 bushels per acre.  Dryland milo yields have been in the 90-100 bushel range thus far. If the weather should persists for the remainder of the week, a big bulk of the grain sorghum acreage will be but either in the bin or the mill.  Sugar cane aphid feeding did not affect harvest but it would have been a major problem if infested fields were not treated.  Some fields in the valley were treated twice.

Follow me on Twitter – Kevin Lawson @ar_cornverify

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