Peanut crops down in Northeast Arkansas

Peanut crops down in Northeast Arkansas
Crops harvested are lower (Source: KAIT-TV)

(KAIT) - One crop in Northeast Arkansas appears to be down, again.

According to a report in Talk Business and Politics, farmers have planted more than 20,000 acres of peanuts.

Producers had projected a harvest of about 25,000 peanut acres.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, this is a 5,000 drop from 2017.

Leading peanut growers in the Northeast Arkansas area are Craighead, Mississippi, Lawrence, and Randolph Counties.

Extension plant pathologist and peanut agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Travis Faske, said heavy rains in the fall considerably slowed the harvest.

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