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26
Sep
2017
Arkansas Harvest Update (as of September 24, 2017)
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

USDA Crop Progress Report for September 24, 2017

Above normal temperatures and dry conditions over the past week allowed harvest to continue on a pace ahead of the five-year average for most crops.  Due to late planting and a cooler-than- normal August, cotton harvest lags the five-year average.  Corn harvest is winding down with NASS reporting 92% of the crop harvested as of September 24th.

Soybean harvest as of September 24th was reported at 35% complete, up 11 percentage points from last week’s 24%. Monday’s estimate compares to 30% last year and the five-year average of 28%.  Arkansas is projected to harvest 3.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017.  The state average yield is currently projected to be a record 51 bushels per acre; up from 47 bushels last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rice harvest was reported at 78% complete, up 19 percentage points from last week’s 59%. Monday’s estimate compares to 82% last year and a five year average of 66%.  Arkansas is projected to harvest 1.1 million acres of rice in 2017.  The state average yield is currently projected to be 7,300 pounds per acre; up from 6,920 pounds last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corn harvest was reported at 92% complete, up 14 percentage points from last week’s 78%. Monday’s estimate compares to 97% last year and a five year average of 92%.  Arkansas is projected to harvest 665,000 acres of corn in 2017.  The state average yield is currently projected to be 182 bushels per acre; up from 171 bushels last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Crops:

  • Cotton was 4% harvested compared to 13% last year and the five year average of 7%.
  • Sorghum harvested was 92% compared to 99% last year and the five year average of 84%.
  • Wheat was 7% planted compared to 3% last year and the five year average of 2%.

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