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Basil Growing Season for Arkansas

The NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides information to the public about spring and fall frost dates in the United States and the length of the expected growing season for each area. These statistics are calculated using data collected from 1971 to 2000, across 4300 weather stations located in every part of the country.

While informative, the statistics that NOAA provides is overwhelming. So, we took the liberty of extracting the most basic information that we feel would be useful to someone interested in growing basil outdoors.

The table below lists the date after which it should be safe to plant basil outdoors in each area of the state. This information is based on NOAA’s calculations for a 10% probability of temperatures falling below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that, on average, there is only a 10% chance that you will see frost after this date. Also listed is the estimated length of the growing season. This is how many days you can expect to have before the risk of frost is greater than 10%.

Please use this information at your own risk. You must take into consideration many varying factors, for example, micro-climates or the presence of valleys and bodies of water, to determine your actual growing season.

StateCountyLast Frost DateLength of Growing Season
ARArkansas4/14194
ARAshley4/23168
ARBaxter4/30158
ARBenton5/11142
ARBoone4/27167
ARBradley4/16187
ARCarroll5/01159
ARChicot4/15191
ARClark4/19174
ARClay4/30158
ARCleburne4/29169
ARColumbia4/19176
ARConway4/25164
ARCraighead4/21176
ARCrittenden4/23173
ARCross4/21170
ARDallas4/21179
ARDesha4/15185
ARDrew4/26163
ARFaulkner4/22172
ARFulton5/14138
ARGarland4/18185
ARGrant4/26171
ARHempstead4/17183
ARHot Spring4/25164
ARHoward4/21181
ARIndependence5/03159
ARIzard5/17132
ARJackson4/17184
ARJefferson4/16189
ARLawrence4/24167
ARLee4/18180
ARLogan4/22179
ARLonoke4/15195
ARMiller4/15194
ARMississippi4/24169
ARMonroe4/14185
ARMontgomery5/10145
ARNevada4/15189
AROuachita4/16181
ARPerry4/28170
ARPhillips4/17190
ARPike4/19172
ARPolk4/29164
ARPrairie4/16187
ARPulaski4/16191
ARRandolph4/30168
ARSaline4/27166
ARScott5/03150
ARSearcy5/04150
ARSebastian4/25166
ARSevier4/24170
ARSharp5/12141
ARStone5/06150
ARUnion4/18183
ARWashington5/08145
ARWhite4/25167
ARYell4/23172