Cotton crop in Arkansas declining, reversal seen

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Despite a steep decline in the Arkansas cotton crop in recent years - an agricultural agronomist believes the drop has neared its bottom and says more acres are expected to be planted in cotton in the future. Arkansas had just below 300,000 acres planted in cotton in 2013 to break the previous record low of 320,000 acres planted in 1983. Analysts say the rising profitability and yields of corn and soybeans has resulted in those crops being planted instead of cotton. But University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture cotton agronomist Bill Robertson says more cotton is expected in coming years with more than 500,000 acres possibly being planted.