Last Week's Rainfall Slowing Harvest of Region 8 Crops

October 20, 2003 - Posted at 1:28 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Cotton prices are up but the weather is stifling some growers eager to harvest this year's crops.

Nearly a half-inch of rain fell in parts of northeast Arkansas late last week, weighing down cotton that otherwise would be ready for picking.  The rain has also slowed down soybean harvests.

Trumann ginner and farm equipment dealer Matt Moon says growers are pleased with prices, which are at five-year highs at 75 cents per pound.  Soybean prices are also holding.

But Cooperative Extension Service officials say the cotton crop is two to three weeks behind last year's harvest.

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