While fewer acres of cotton were planted in Arkansas this year than ever before, agricultural experts are projecting record high yields for what was planted.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service on Wednesday projected record high per-acre yields for the state's soybeans, sorghum, corn and cotton.
University of Arkansas Research and Extension officials say they're skeptical of those estimates. They say the federal projection of 53 bushels per acre of soybeans seems unlikely with hot, dry weather in July and August.
If the federal projection for Arkansas corn yields of 195 bushels per acre holds true, the state would have the second highest per-acre yield in the country, behind Washington.
The sorghum projection of 105 bushels per acre would make Arkansas second in that crop behind Illinois.