Region 8 Cotton Crop Expensive This Year

AUGUST 2, 2005 - Posted at 4:06 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas cotton experts say that this year's crop conditions are good that yield potential is high.

However, Craighead County cotton agent Steve Culp says that cotton has proven expensive to raise with high fuel costs and low rain amounts.  Culp said that farmers need to start to carefully watch for bollworms.  He said some producers have already started spraying for the bug.

Culp said forecasters are predicting about 1,000 pounds of lint per acre on irrigated cotton and 700 pounds for dryland this season.

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