Soybeans take top spot as the most-harvested Arkansas Delta crop in 2018


The U.S. Department of Agriculture says soybeans were the product most sown and harvested in the Delta region of state last year. Soybeans were planted on 3.24 million acres. The average soybean yield was 51 bushels per acre.

Rice was second at 1.43 million acres, that’s up 29 percent from 2017. The all rice average yield is 7,520 pounds per acre.

Coming in third is hay. Hay was harvested on 1.20 million acres, down seven percent from 2017. The average hay yield was 1.80 tons per acre.

Fourth, as far as acres harvested for grain, is corn at 645,000 acres in Arkansas. That’s up eight percent from 2017. The average corn yield per acre is 181 bushels, down two bushels from last year.

Upland cotton was fifth. Upland cotton was planted on 480,000 acres, up 10 percent from 2017. Upland cotton averages 1,150 pounds per acre.

Other crops planted and harvested in much smaller numbers in Arkansas are: winter wheat at 120,000 acres,  peanuts at 23,000 acres, sorghum at 10,000 acres and sweet potatoes at 4,800 acres.

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