Milder temperatures helping crops

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Farmers in northeast Arkansas say slightly milder temperatures are helping their crops - but what they really need is rain.

Farmer Cleo Watkins Jr. of Bono says rain hasn't fallen since May in the Cash area and is causing problems in pumping water. Watkins uses pumps to draw water from ditches and a nearby river.

Poinsett County Extension Service agent Rick Thompson says growers there are having trouble getting enough water across some fields.

In Craighead County - agent Branon Thiesse says rice is starting to head and the cooler temperatures are more bearable for farmers.

The agents say cotton is blooming and setting bolls, early soybeans are blooming, and corn is approaching maturity.

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