Local Farmers Finally Getting into Fields

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas farmers who had to wait to plant because of record-setting rains this spring watched commodity prices stay high while their machinery remained idle.

They also watched high fuel prices go even higher.

The dry weather the past few days alllowed rice and cotton growers to get their crops in the ground, and many soybean farmers have also gotten a start.

Craighead County Agent Steve Culp says cotton farmers have finished about 85 percent of their planting in the county, though some of the land is still too wet.  Culp said he hopes the remaining lands will be planted before next week.

During the past week, with sunshine, wind and no rain, farmers got a lot done.  It has also been fairly cool during the past week, though the weekend saw temperatures rise, bringing soil temperatures up.

Cotton is projected to have 10 to 15 percent fewer acres in Arkansas for 2008.  An Agriculture Department acreage report is due on June 30.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)