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Arkansas Crop Production Update (Oct. 12, 2017)
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist

USDA made relatively few changes this month to Arkansas’ crop production forecast.  No acreage or yield changes were made this month in regard to soybeans or cotton. However, there were some adjustments to the state average corn and rice yields.

Based on conditions as of October 1, Arkansas’ corn yield is expected to average 179 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last month but up 8 bushels from last year.  Also, harvested acreage was revised from 665,000 acres down to 595,000 acres.

The all rice yield for 2017 is forecast at 7,350 pounds per acre, up 50 pounds from last month and up 430 pounds from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.09 million acres of rice, down 428,000 acres from 2016.

Arkansas’ soybean yield is expected to average 51 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but up 4 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be record yield for the state.

The state’s cotton yield is expected to average 1,096 pounds per harvested acre, unchanged from last month but up 21 pounds from 2016. Harvested acreage is estimated at 438,000 acres, up 63,000 acres from 2016.

The October USDA Crop Production report can be downloaded at this link:  Arkansas Crop Production Report

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