Arkansas farmer says crop conditions and yields will likely vary

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Arkansas farmer says crop conditions and yields will likely vary

From too much rain to not enough, the weather has been a challenge for many farmers in parts of the delta this year. Ryan Johnson, who farms in southeast Arkansas, says after a hot and dry spell this summer, they got six inches of rain this week. “I don’t know if it’s really a positive effect,” he says. “We are at the point where we are harvesting maize. The harvest of cotton, soybeans and rice is near. This is not the time of year when you want a lot of rain.

He says the Brownfield corn harvest is underway in his area and his yield expectations? “I would say they’re going to be very average this year,” he said. “It’s not the worst harvest we’ve ever had, but it’s certainly not the best.”

Harvest is fast approaching for soybeans, cotton and rice. Johnson says he will have a better idea of ​​yields once he opens the fields. “I will say the soybean harvest will be average,” he says. “And I would say that the cotton harvest may be more exceptional this year. The rain we have had since I left is going to have an impact on cotton yields. And the rice yields, as long as it is still standing, will be a good rice harvest.

Johnson participated in the National Cotton Council’s Grower Information Exchange this week to examine the cotton crop in Texas.