Cotton growers want Arkansas weather to warm a bit

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The cool weather that has brought Arkansas largely welcome relief from the summer heat isn't going over so well with the state's cotton farmers.

Extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Tom Barber says cotton farmers are hoping for warm days and cool nights. Just not too cool.

Growers need daytime highs in the 80s and nighttime lows at 65 degrees or warmer.

Cotton is a tropical crop that thrives during high daily temperatures, with modest nighttime cooling.

So far in the month of September, through the 18th, the average nighttime low at Pine Bluff was 59.9 degrees.

Barber says the cotton crop will be an average one, and that warmer weather will help the 660,000 acres that cotton growers planted.

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