Rice harvest

Arkansas will produce more than 84 million hundredweight of rice this season.

Production estimates have been revised for Arkansas agricultural commodities.

Arkansas corn for grain production is forecast at 130 million bushels, down 2 percent from September 1 forecast but up 11 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of October 1, yield is expected to average 175 bushels per acre, down 2 bushels from last month and down 6 bushels from last year. Planted acreage is revised to 770,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from August 2019. Harvested acreage for grain is revised from 750,000 acres to 740,000 acres.

Upland cotton production is forecast at 1.47 million bales, unchanged from the September 1 forecast but 337,000 bales above last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yield is expected to average 1,157 pounds per harvested acre, unchanged from last month but up 24 pounds from 2018. Harvested acreage is estimated at 610,000 acres, up 130,000 acres from 2018.

Hay production, excluding alfalfa, is forecast at 2.36 million tons, up 9 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of October 1, yield is expected to average 2.00 tons per acre, down 0.10 ton from the August 1 forecast but up 0.20 ton from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.18 million acres of all hay, excluding alfalfa, down 20,000 acres from 2018.

Peanut production is forecast at 170 million pounds, unchanged from the September 1 forecast but up 51 percent from a year ago. Based on conditions as of October 1, yield is expected to average 5,000 pounds per acre, unchanged from last month but up 100 pounds from 2018. Harvested acreage is estimated at 34,000 acres, up 11,000 acres from 2018.

All rice production for the state is forecast at 84.5 million hundredweight, up 1 percent from the September 1 forecast but down 21 percent from last year's production of 107 million hundredweight. Based on conditions as of October 1, the all rice yield for 2019 is forecast at 7,500 pounds per acre, up 50 pounds from last month but down 20 pounds from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.13 million acres of rice, down 301,000 acres from 2018.

Soybean production in 2019 is forecast at 130 million bushels, down 2 percent from the September 1 forecast and down 20 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yield is expected to average 50 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but down 0.5 bushel from last year. Planted acreage is revised to 2.65 million acres, down 50,000 acres from August 2019. Harvested acreage estimated at 2.60 million acres, down 50,000 acres from August 2019.

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