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Fri June 14, 2013
World Of Weather Opposites For Arkansas Farmers
Some Arkansas farmers are still planting, even though it's the middle of June.
Agricultural economist Scott Stiles of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says even some rice is still going in the ground.
A year ago, growers had an early spring and a long stretch of mild weather, making it easy to plant early.
This year, frequent rains in east Arkansas caused delays for many row crop growers.
Stiles says the state likely won't have the 1 million acres of corn that was expected. Planting this late can lower corn yields.
Some growers are switching to rice, which has been rising in price. Stiles says he expects about 850,000 corn acres to be planted, still a big jump over last year.
Corn has largely cut into cotton acreage.