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Arkansas Crop Damage from Gustav Still Being Assessed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Agriculture officials are busy assessing damage to Arkansas cropland from the wind and rain brought by Hurricane Gustav.

Some soybean fields were flooded and some rice was knocked down.

It's not yet know what percentages or how many acres of crops were damaged.

Cotton expert Tom Barber of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service said there was notable damage in Ashley and Chicot counties and in southern Desha County.

He says some cotton has suffered from boll rot from earlier rains. Coupled with the damage from Gustav, some farms could have significant losses. But Barber says the picture brightens the further north you go in the state.

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