Arkansas farmers produce record soybean, corn, rice
“We had an extremely early spring,” said Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “This allowed us to plant our crop at least two weeks earlier than normal. Normally we get set back by rains or floods, delaying planting.”
In Prairie County, “rice yields were impressive on most acres,” said Brent Griffin, Prairie County Extension staff chair. “Milling quality has led to $1 to 1.50 per bushel discount when selling, taking all the profit. Not all rice farmers are swimming in money.”
Cotton’s expected yield was increased 17 pounds to 1,051 pounds of lint per acre, the third highest on record and the highest since 2007.
The yield records are welcome news, but today’s “supply/demand numbers were generally bearish,” said Scott Stiles, extension economist for the U of A System Division of Agriculture. “U.S. ending stocks for corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton were all increased. Rice was the only crop that received positive changes today, with long grain ending stocks declining 3.2 million hundredweight on higher projected exports.”
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