Soybean Harvest Update - October 2010
[Title Slide - Soybean Harvest Update. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Narrator - Video showing a combine harvesting soybeans.] Arkansas’ soybean producers are enjoying ideal weather, with combines racing across the fields.
[Slide 42% harvested] According to the National Ag Statistics Service, producers have
42 percent of the crop harvested, well ahead of last year and the five-year average.
[Picture of irrigation pipe in a soybean field.] The lack of rain has prompted some
producers to irrigate late soybeans.
[Video showing a tractor preparing ground for wheat planting.] Some producers are doing fieldwork in preparation for winter wheat and are hoping for rain to plant. [Slide showing U.S. Drought Monitor with Arkansas state map and drought areas.] They may be waiting for a while. NOAA says the moderate to strong La Niña n the Pacific will likely persist into springtime – March through May of 2011. [Slide showing map of La Nina and the variable pacific jet stream.] NOAA says that during winter La Niña events, the jet stream tends to move from northwest to southeast across Arkansas. This prevents moisture from the Gulf of Mexico from working its way northward into Arkansas. [Slide showing a map of the United States with jet stream location showing warm and cold front locations.] The result is a lot of weak to moderate cold fronts moving through Arkansas which tend to reinforce the drier than normal conditions. [Picture of a dry, cracked field.]
[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]