Corn and Grain Sorghum Update – Dr Jason Kelley (Wheat and Feed Grains Specialist)
Corn planting has gotten underway in Arkansas, especially in the central and southern portions of the state that missed some of the earlier rains. The Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service report that was released on Tuesday (March 30) for last week’s planting progress indicated that 2% of the corn had been planted compared to 17% last year and 28% for the 5-year average. Considerable planting has occurred this week, so I would anticipate that the planted percentage would jump in the report to be released Monday (April 6). The report this week indicated that no grain sorghum had been planted, but in the last day or two there has been a limited amount of grain sorghum planted, primarily in central or southern parts of the state. Last year at this time, we only had planted 1% of the grain sorghum acres and the 5-year average is only 7%, so grain sorghum planting is not behind. I would anticipate a fair amount of grain sorghum will be planted this coming week, provided fields are dry enough to plant.
Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification – Kevin Lawson (Corn & GS Verification Coordinator)
The first corn verification fields were planted this week in Lonoke and Lincoln Counties on April 1. Pioneer 1319 (conventional) was planted at 34,000 seeds per acre in Lonoke County and DeKalb DKC 64-69 VT3P was planted at 35,000 seeds per acre in Lincoln County. The other fields are getting close and should be planted in between all the rain that is predicted in the upcoming week.
Southeast Arkansas Update – Wes Kirkpatrick (Desha County)
Planters have been running in the area since last week. I’d estimate that nearly half of our corn has been planted. Some grain sorghum will be planted soon if the weather holds.
Central Arkansas Update – Anthony Whittington (Jefferson County)
Planting for parts of Jefferson County is underway. It’s nice to see tractors and equipment finally in the field. Soil temps are still not quite there for grain sorghum, and we are expecting an increase in acreage in the county just like the state.
Northeast Arkansas Update – Stewart Runsick (Clay County)
It is pretty much the same story just another week. Heavy rain and storms have delayed planting in Clay County. A few acres of corn were planted on the East side of the County in some sandier fields. More rain is forecasted over the next 10 days.
River Valley Update – Kevin VanPelt (Conway County)
Some producers in the River Valley had some fields that were dry enough to get started planting corn earlier in the week, but the thunder storms that came through on Wednesday (April 1) night have put a hold on planting.
Heat units really shot up this week with warmer weather. We were well above the 30 year average this week. Since planting has started in the state, a section has been added to report accumulated heat units since March 30. We have been averaging approximately 16 heat units a day across the state since March 30. That means it will take approximately 9 days to accumulate 150 heat units which is an average number for emergence.
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