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Published August 13, 2010, 08:56 AM

More rice, corn and cotton expected in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting an increase in the production of rice, corn and cotton in Arkansas this year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting an increase in the production of rice, corn and cotton in Arkansas this year.

The predictions include a record harvest expected of rice. The USDA forecast released Thursday says 116 million hundredweight of rice is expected. The record harvest for rice is 108.8 million hundredweight in 2005.

A hundredweight is 100 pounds.

The USDA says the corn crop in the state is expected to rise 6 percent from last year. Cotton production is to increase 30 percent from 2009 when a wet growing season damaged the crop and led to the smallest cotton crop in the state since 1989.

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