Good Year for Arkansas Farmers

December 11, 2005 - 10:48 p.m. CST

JONESBORO--Arkansas agriculture experts say that despite serious drought and economic problems due to a rash of hurricanes, the state fared well in the farming season.

The high fuel prices, low crop prices and hurricanes may figure into cropping pattern changes though, according to experts with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The researchers said good crop yields made the difference, taking some of the sting out of the growing season.

Some Extension Service officials said they think farmers will be planting fewer acres of rice and more soybeans next year. Experts said they're not hearing any talk of cutting cotton acreage.

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