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Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Weekly Update – April 17, 2015
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

Corn and Grain Sorghum Update – Dr Jason Kelley (Wheat and Feed Grains Specialist)

Corn planting progressed well in most areas this past week.  The Arkansas Agriculture Statistics Service April 13th crop progress report indicated that 51% of the corn had been planted, compared to 35% last year and 58% planted for the 5-year average.  Even with the delays in planting for many areas, we are still ahead of where we were last year.  Most corn in south Arkansas has been planted, but planting in Northeast Arkansas has still been mostly delayed.  Corn that was planted last week is only taking about 7 days to emerge.  Driving around the state this week, there are some very pretty stands of corn in south and central Arkansas, some of the most uniform stands I have seen in the past couple years.  Grain sorghum planting is estimated to be 14% complete compared to only 6% last year and 29% for the 5-year average.  Grain sorghum that was planted the first two weeks of April has emerged and generally looks good and is at the 1-2 leaf stage.   Some grain sorghum fields that were planted in early April missed an activating rainfall for their preemerge herbicide and now have small grass emerging that may be difficult to control.   Grain sorghum planting will progress rapidly at the next opportunity to get in the field.

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

One of the Clay County corn fields got planted in between rains on April 12.  The other Clay County field and the Pope County field are the only two corn fields left to plant.  The rest of the fields are at V1 and approaching V2.  Next week we will finish up stand counts and start making plans for sidedress fertilizer.  The Jefferson and Prairie County grain sorghum fields are also waiting to plant.


Apr 17 Update


Southeast Arkansas Update – Wes Kirkpatrick (Desha County)

Most of our corn has emerged.  Fertilizer buggies and sprayers are sitting on go, waiting for the ground to dry.  Growth stages range from spike to 4 leaf (V4).

Central Arkansas Update – Anthony Whittington (Jefferson County)

With over 3 inches of rain dumped on the county this week, planting has been halted temporarily. About 60% of the corn crop has been planted. The producer we are working with on the Grain Sorghum Research Verification field is getting the field prepped and it should be planted soon.

Northeast Arkansas Update – Stewart Runsick (Clay County)

Producers were able to get a little more corn planted last weekend. Around 25% of the acres are planted. We received 1.5 inches this week with more in areas on the East side. More rain is forecasted this weekend.

River Valley Update – Kevin VanPelt (Conway County)

Some producers in the River Valley were able to get the last of their corn acreage planted over the weekend before the rain moved back in this week. Others that were waiting for the heavier ground to dry out only had a few days of planting and will be waiting again. The corn that has emerged is yellow and in need of some sunshine that’s not in the forecast for the near future.

Heat Units

Temperatures and heat unit accumulation continues to be higher than the 30 year average.  Total accumulated heat units range anywhere from 65 to 103 more than the 30 year average since March 30.


Apr 17 GDD


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