JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based sesame seed processor is recruiting Arkansas farmers to grow the crop because of persistent drought in areas where the seeds are normally grown.
Peanut processors have adopted a similar tack because of drought and disease problems in customary growing areas.
Northeast Arkansas farmer David Hodges told The Jonesboro Sun (http://is.gd/lIZLbr ) he's planted several hundred acres of sesame seeds.
Danny Peeper is an agronomist and manager for Oklahoma-based Sesaco and has been working with Arkansas farmers to help them plant their first sesame seeds.
Peeper says sesame works as a double crop going in behind winter wheat or as a rotational crop. Sesame is a desert plant and likes hot, dry weather, so Arkansas planting can run late.
The seeds are normally grown in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com