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Cotton crop catches up from rain-delayed plantings

Despite a slow, rainy start to the planting season, Arkansas’ small cotton crop is looking good, but there are “still a lot of bears out in the woods,” said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Center unveils redesigned timber report

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is debuting a newly redesigned Arkansas Timber Price report that provides statewide average stumpage prices for pine pulpwood, pine chip-n-saw, pine sawtimber, hardwood pulpwood, mixed hardwood sawtimber and oak sawtimber products.

PB unemployment rate increases

The Pine Bluff unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May and is the highest among cities in Arkansas, according to information released Thursday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Breaking Ground

Kent Hendershott of Harvey Harrington Land Leveling clears grass and topsoil Monday from a lot owned by Trotter Auto Ford. Trotter Auto Ford has received approval to build a new car dealership near Old Warren Road and Bobo Road in Pine Bluff. The property is visible from Interstate 530 at Exit 41. Construction work at the site began this week. A formal groundbreaking ceremony is currently set for July. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)