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02
Oct
2017
Arkansas Harvest Update (as of October 1, 2017)
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

Another week of above normal temperatures and dry conditions allowed harvest to continue at a  rapid pace.  Arkansas’ soybean harvest as of October 1st was reported at 47% complete, up 12 percentage points from previous week’s 35%.  This compares to 41% harvested last year and the five-year average of 38% harvested.  Arkansas is projected to harvest 3.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017.  The state average yield is currently projected by USDA to be a record 51 bushels per acre; up from 47 bushels last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas’ rice harvest was reported at 88% complete, up 10 percentage points from last week’s 78%. The current estimate compares to 90% harvested last year and a five year average of 77% harvested for the comparable week.  Arkansas is projected to harvest 1.1 million acres of rice in 2017.  The state average yield is currently projected by USDA to be 7,300 pounds per acre; up from 6,920 pounds last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas’ corn harvest is near completion at 96% harvested, up 4 percentage points from last week’s 92%. The current estimate is right in line with the five year average pace of 96% harvested.  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 8% harvested compared to 27% last year and the five year average of 16%.
  • Sorghum harvested was 96% compared to 100% last year and the five year average of 90%.
  • Wheat was 13% planted compared to 6% last year and the five year average of 5%.


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