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10
Oct
2017
Arkansas Crop Progress (week ending October 8, 2017)
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

From the USDA October 10, 2017 Crop Progress Report for Arkansas.  The full report can be downloaded at this link: Arkansas NASS Crop Progress Oct. 10, 2017

Another week of above normal temperatures and dry conditions allowed harvest to advance quickly for the week ending October 8th.  Weather stations around eastern Arkansas recorded average temperatures last week that were 8 to 10 degrees above normal.  Soil moisture conditions continue to dry with roughly 68% of the state now considered to be “abnormally dry” per the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soybean harvest as of October 8th was progressing very quickly at 62% complete, compared to 57% last year and the five year average of 49%.  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 is down to the latest planted acres with 94% of the crop harvested, compared to 95% last year and the five year average of 86%.  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 is practically finished at 99% harvested, compared to 100% last year and the five year average of 98%.  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.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton harvest surged last week on the dry and warm conditions, moving to 29% harvested, compared to 44% last year and the five year average of 31%.  The week prior, cotton harvest was only 8% complete.  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:

  • Sorghum harvested was 99% compared to 100% last year and the five year average of 93%.
  • Wheat was 18% planted compared to 13% last year and the five year average of 12%.


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