Arkansas Crops Break Records Despite Drought

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 12:00 am  

Soybeans remain the leading crop in Arkansas fields, finishing first in front of mainstays rice and cotton.

“We had an extremely early spring,” said Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension agent for the Division of Agriculture. “This allowed us to plant our crop at least two weeks earlier than normal. Normally we get set back by rains or floods, delaying planting.”

In Prairie County, “rice yields were impressive on most acres,” said Brent Griffin, Prairie County Extension staff chair. “Milling quality has led to $1 to 1.50 per bushel discount when selling, taking all the profit. Not all rice farmers are swimming in money.”

• Cotton’s expected yield was increased 17 pounds to 1,051 pounds of lint per acre, the third highest on record and the highest since 2007.

Despite the good reports, Scott Stiles, extension economist for the Division of Agriculture, said the Nov. 9 “supply/demand numbers were generally bearish. U.S. ending stocks for corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton were all increased. Rice was the only crop that received positive changes today, with long-grain ending stocks declining 3.2 million hundredweight on higher projected exports.”



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