NE Ark. cotton growers optimistic about harvest

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Harvest is under way in northeast Arkansas, and farmers are hoping for a bumper crop this season.

Andy Vangilder in Clay County says growers are hopeful that rain stays away so the harvest can go smoothly. Vangilder is the staff chairman in the county's cooperative extension office. He says growers are optimistic about this year's crop.

In Poinsett County, cotton growers are nearing the halfway point of harvest. The extension office's Craig Allen tells The Jonesboro Sun that yields range from good to average.

Other parts of the state have not fared quite as well, weather-wise, as northeast Arkansas.

Officials say the 4 to 6 inches of rain that fell Saturday through Monday may be costly for some Chicot County cotton growers.

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