2017 presented another tumultuous year for agriculture in Arkansas, from record flooding to pitched battles over the use of one of the most popular herbicides in the farming industry. Despite wild swings in precipitation from summer into fall, the state also saw a record soybean yield, and both red banded stink bugs and fall armyworms made their presence known throughout Arkansas.
Based on an informal poll of agricultural reporters, agronomists and other experts throughout Arkansas, here are our top 10 (+1) Arkansas agricultural stories of 2017:
Arkansas looks yet another record soybean yield, despite 2017’s tumultuous weather. After all was said and done, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast a 175 million bushel harvest for Arkansas soybean growers, a 20 percent increase over 2016, with growers averaging 50 bushels per acre.
In May, the Chinese textile company Shandong Ruyi Technology Group announced plans to convert a former Sanyo television manufacturing facility in Forrest City into a mill that will produce cotton yarn. The plant will create about 800 jobs, according to press releases.
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