Rain Slows Soybean Harvest

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Agriculture officials say rains and wet fields have slowed Arkansas' soybean harvest.

Jeremy Ross, a soybean specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, says about 60 percent of the state's crop had been harvested by the time the rains hit.  Before that, Ross says hot weather in August stressed the plants.

Ross says Asian soybean rust was another problem some farmers faced this summer.

Soybean production in the state was up in 2006, compared to 2005.  Arkansas farmers produced 107.5 million bushels of soybeans, up by 5.3 percent from the year before.

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