2010 Soybean Crop Report - September 2010
[Title Slide - 2010 Soybean Crop Report - September 12th. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Narrator - Video showing soybeans being harvested] USDA's September production report is forecasting Arkansas's soybean production for 2010 to be down five percent from the August forecast and down seven percent from last year. [Slide - 2010 Arkansas Soybean Crop Forecast September 12 - down 5% - August forecast; down 7% - 2009 forecast] The report, issued September 10th, is forecasting soybean yield to be 37 bushels an acre, down a half-bushel from last year. [Slide - 2010 Arkansas Soybean Crop Forecast September 12 - 37 bushels per acre, down 1/2 bushel - 2009]
[Video showing combines in the field harvesting] Meanwhile, fields dried sufficiently to allow some growers in north-central Arkansas to resume harvest last weekend, but more farmers need a stretch of dry weather to get the job done. Other growers in the Arkansas River Valley were still waiting for their fields to dry to get the last of their rice and corn.
According to the latest report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the crop is fifteen percent harvested, last week -- well ahead of last year's five percent pace and close to the fourteen percent five-year average. [Picture of a soybean plant with soybean pods. Slide - 2010 Arkansas Soybean Crop September 12 - 15% harvested; 5% last year; 14% five year average.]
For the week ending September twelfth, 100 percent of the crop is setting pods. Fifty-two percent of the beans are now yellowing, up from last week's forty-three percent. [Picture of a soybean plant with soybean pods. Slide - 2010 Arkansas Soybean Crop September 12 - 100% setting pods; 52% yellowing] Thirty-six percent of the soybeans are shedding leaves and twenty-four percent are mature. [Picture of a soybean plant with soybean pods. Slide - 2010 Arkansas Soybean Crop September 12 - 36% shedding leaves; 24% mature]
NASS reports thirty-four percent of the beans in fair condition, thirty-three percent in good condition, and nine percent in excellent condition. Five percent of soybean was in very poor condition and nineteen percent were in poor condition. [Slide - Pie chart - 34% fair; 33% good condition; 9% excellent; 5% very poor; 19% poor condition.]
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information about soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county Extension office.
[Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]