Arkansas corn and rice planting continues to lag behind the average pace

Planting pace in Arkansas for many crops continues to run well behind the average pace. Thirty-five percent of the corn crop has been planted, well behind both last year and the 5-year average. Twenty-three percent of the crop has emerged.  Rice planting is 14% complete, nearly 27% behind last year, and 34% behind the 5-year average.  Six percent of the crop has emerged.  Soybeans are 12% planted, behind last year and the 5-year averages.  Six percent of the crop has emerged.  Cotton is 2% planted, the same as last year and just a percent behind the 5-year average.  Peanuts are 2% planted. 

Twenty-six percent of the winter wheat crop has headed with 77% of the crop rated good to excellent.

Hay alfalfa is rated 95% fair to good, other hay is rated 23% good to excellent.  Vegetables are rated 75% good to excellent.

Topsoil moisture was 99% adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture was 97% adequate to surplus. 

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