According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Arkansas, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 8.

Topsoil moisture supplies were 20 percent very short, 47 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 42 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 65 at Mena to 72.2 at Stuttgart. Highs ranged from 84.9 at Kingston to 101.3 at Crossett.

Precipitation was scarce throughout the state, with the highest concentration occurring in the northwest part of the state with an average of 0.14 inch.

Magnolia’s high was 96. The low was 69. There was no rain last week in Magnolia.

“Temperatures near 100 degrees and no rain for two weeks have seriously reduced conditions for agriculture in the county. The slow transition to fall conditions is stressing plants and livestock. Late season hay crops are all but complete, but with no moisture predicted for another week, producers are reluctant to start cool season forage plantings,” said Glenda Sutherlin, Union County agent.

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