Rita Brings Big Losses for Arkansas Cotton Farmers

SEPTEMBER 27, 2005 - Posted at 8:05 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' cotton crop has taken a hit from winds and rains brought by the remnants of Hurricane Rita.  State agriculture experts estimate a loss of between ten and 30 percent.  Large yields were expected before Rita last weekend.

The worst losses were in southern Arkansas, where the strongest winds developed and the heaviest rains fell.

Agriculture officials say much of the cotton that remains on plants is wet and probably stained.  Sunny, breezy weather could dry and bleach the cotton.  But the price will still probably drop because of the alteration in quality.

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