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Arkansas' Hybrid Rice Farmers Expecting Good Harvest Year Despite Heavy Spring Rains

APRIL 25, 2005 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CDT

 

POCAHONTAS, AR - Arkansas rice farmers who planted hyrbid varieties say they expect a good harvest this year, despite delays this spring in getting into the fields to plant because of the rain.  The farmers say hybrid rice yields are higher than the conventional varieties.  A field planted in hybrid rice can yield about 25 bushels more per acre than a field planted in conventional varieties, for instance.

Statewide, producers are expected to plant 1,571,000 acres of rice this year, up less than one percent from last year.  Just 13 percent, though, had been planted as of a week ago.  By the same time last year, 44 percent had been planted.

 

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