Arkansas farmers picking up sesame growing

6/16/2013 12:00 PM
By Associated Press

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.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com


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