Last week good for Arkansas crop emergence

Mild temperatures and moderate to heavy rainfall across Arkansas helped more crops sprout above ground last week.

The USDA reports as of Sunday, emergence jumped from 79 to 88% week over week for corn, from 6 to 18% for cotton, from 8 to 19% for peanuts, 54 to 68% for rice and from 34 to 45% for soybeans. Soybean emergence is ahead of the 5-year average and corn and rice are in line, while cotton and peanuts are below.

Overall, 95% of corn is planted with a crop rating of 70% good to excellent. Soybeans are 60% planted with a good to excellent rating of 72% and rice is 87% planted, rated 74% good to excellent. Cotton planting reached 45% and peanuts reached 59% planted with ratings not yet reported.

Meanwhile 84% of winter wheat has headed with the state crop rated 61% good to excellent and 15% of the first hay cutting is complete with good to excellent ratings between 35-40%.

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