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Published September 08, 2010, 03:59 PM

Rains from Hermine delaying harvest in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas farm experts say rain from the remnants of tropical storm Hermine is delaying harvest of some crops in the state.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas farm experts say rain from the remnants of tropical storm Hermine is delaying harvest of some crops in the state.

Randy Chlapecka, Jackson County extension agent for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, said the rice harvest in northeast Arkansas was going well until the rains started Tuesday, moving into Arkansas from Texas.

But he said that, while most row-crop farmers lament the delay and the rutted fields that could result from the rain, the showers will benefit some later soybeans and pastures.

Tom Barber, extension cotton agronomist for the university, said rain was delaying defoliation and harvest of this year’s crop.

Chad Norton, Lincoln County extension agent, said the situation is similar in southern Arkansas, with harvest delayed until regular sunshine returns.

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