Agricultural Expert Optimistic About this Year's Arkansas Wheat Crop

April 8, 2006 - Posted at 1:03 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ An expert on agriculture says this year's

Arkansas wheat crop is looking good.

Jason Kelley of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension

Service says wheat prices are high and plant diseases are few.

Also, nitrogen fertilizer hasn't been as expensive as some people


Kelly estimates Arkansas farmers planted 370-thousand acres of

wheat this year. That's more than last year, but still down from

the 10-year average of about 800-thousand acres.

But he warns that a lot could happen between now and the


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