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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Soybean crop battled stink bugs, disease

STARKVILLE, Miss. – A game-changing insect caused significant problems in many Mississippi soybean acres, but good management allowed growers to finish the year with an average crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that by Oct. 23, Mississippi farmers were 92 percent finished harvesting the state’s soybean crop, which covered about 2.03 million acres this year. Insect and disease pressures made the effort challenging, but USDA predicts growers will harvest a state average of 48 bushels an acre.

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