Cotton growers see bugs, disease ahead of harvest

August 29, 2013 • Business

In this photo taken Sept. 5, 2012, cotton grows in a field near Coy, Ark. Arkansas cotton acreage is down sharply in 2013, putting pressure on the state’s cotton gins. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas cotton growers have watched their costs rise this season as bugs fed from the ground up and a fungus descended from above.

Corynespora leaf spot disease emerged late in the season, crop consultant David Hydrick said Thursday.

“I had fields where it just totally waylaid the cotton,” he said.

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