Source: Mississippi State University

Decent weather conditions have started the Mississippi cotton crop off in the best position compared to recent years.

Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the state's crop has been slightly ahead of schedule.

Dodds said growers have been able to work between rains to get fields ready and the crop planted. Mississippi producers are predicted to plant 340,000 acres of cotton, an increase of 11 percent from 2009 but not even close to the 1.2 million acres planted in 2005 and 2006.

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