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12:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season

Some corn and sorghum producers in Arkansas are deeply concerned about how changing weather patterns could impact crop yields.

Tractor harvesting grain sorghum.

On Tuesday and Thursday, farmers are expected to meet with other agricultural officials in Jonesboro and Dumas to review water regulations, discuss crop insurance, and get an early assessment of how growers can market their goods in 2014.

Jason Kelley is an extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“We set a record on our corn yield this past year…a state average yield of 182 bushels which was by far a record for us. Grain sorghum was the second highest yield in 2013,” said Kelley. “At the meetings, we will talk about how to grow good corn, high-yielding corn and grain sorghum the cheapest way we can. We will also focus on what impacts yield and what’s your biggest bang for your buck.” 

Kelley says cooler summer temperatures in 2013 contributed to really good corn and sorghum yields last year.

The Tuesday meeting takes place at Arkansas State University’s Alumni Center and the meeting Thursday will be held at the Dumas Community Center.