Pests weigh on Ark growers

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - With many Arkansas growers having planted late, there are a great number of farmers who have yet to harvest. One unwanted effect of the late harvest is that pests have had plenty of time to become a problem.

Agriculture officials say Arkansas rice, soybean and cotton producers are seeing insect and disease problems. The rainy weather has also left some growers with standing water in their fields.

Asian soybean rust is spreading and cotton growers are faced with disease related to the seemingly endless rain. Aphids have become a problem in this year's rice crop.

Federal data shows that as of Sept. 13, only 5 percent of the soybean crop, 20 percent of the rice crop and none of the cotton crop had been harvested.

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