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Early Crops on Track for Record Yields

July 30, 4004 -- Posted at 4:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Despite heavy rainfalls in the Midsouth this past June, local farmers are looking forward to good yields. Region 8 had two times the average amount of rain this past May. To this date were still one-third of an inch above average for the year. But despite the water woes things are looking up for farmers. " Everything looks good, the cotton crop overall looks good, rice is probably one of our better crops," said Steve Culp, of the Craighead County Extension office.

Soybeans are expected to do exceptionally well this year. Early Spring conditions in March and April favored widespread planting, especially in the delta areas of Arkansas. The beans grow best when temperatures are in the upper 80's to low 90's. This summer's moderate temps plus the steady rainfall have been good for farmers. Most of the beans planted in Craighead County will be harvested in October and November. If Mother Nature continues to cooperate farmers won't be disappointed.

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