Soybean farmers race the clock due to rain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A rainy and cool spring combined with a wet start to summer has Arkansas soybean farmers racing to get their crop planted.Heavy rains on June 29 in the Arkansas Delta led to flooded fields and soybean agronomist Jeremy Ross with the University of Arkansas says many fields in the region have standing water with some farmers considering replanting.Ross notes that soybeans take about 100-120 days to mature and that would push the crop close to the average first frost date of November 1.

Ross also says planting at this late date would make soybeans the only green item in the fields - thus attracting insects and pests.