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(Little Rock) (AP) – The summer drought cost Arkansas row crop farmers a lot of money – but they used early spring weather and irrigation to work through it and finish with record production for corn, rice and soybeans.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says planting early enabled the corn crop to escape much of the damage of a late-summer stretch of hot and exceptionally dry weather.

Soybeans came in a record 41 bushels per acre to break the previous record of 39 bushels in 2004. Growers planted 3.1 million acres in soybeans.

Corn growers harvested 177 bushels per acre, well above last year’s 142 bushels.

Rice growers harvested 7,340 pounds per acre, 8% above last year’s 6,770 pounds. The old record of 7,230 pounds per acre was set in 2007.

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