- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Experts say Mississippi farmers expect a respectable soybean crop in spite of attacks by the red-banded stinkbug.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts an average of 48 bushels an acre on the 2 million acres planted in Mississippi.

Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist Angus Catchot says farmers from the hills to the Delta had to fight the stinkbugs.

They’ve been rare in Mississippi since 2009, though south Louisiana deals with them every year. Catchot says they do much more damage than the stinkbugs more often found in Mississippi.

Soybean specialist Trent Irby says the forecast is not far below the record 52 bushels an acre harvested in 2014.

Agricultural economist Brian Williams says nationwide, a record crop is expected. He says prices are up from a year ago.

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