Drought Effects in Arkansas
Drought has been a significant issue for Arkansas farmers and ranchers over the past several years. While drought recedes over time, its effects will linger for years ahead. Our specialists and county agents offer the latest research in how to deal with drought for farmers, ranchers, home owners, and bubsiness owners in all 75 counties.
Drought and cattle
The drought and heat can kill many bermudagrass pastures, not only in Arkansas, but also other places in the South, making hay scarce and prices rise. Heat and lack of rain also can empty many stock ponds, forcing some ranchers to truck in water to help their herds. Read more on our managing cattle during drought page.
Arkansas Forage Advisor – Research and Extension | Divison of Agriculture | University of Arkansas System
Drought and row crop farming
Arkansas' row crops sometimes escape the effects of drought, thanks to irrigation and abundant underground and surface water sources. However, many farmers face paying more in diesel than they had budgeted to keep the irrigation pumps running and their crops alive.
Impact of the 2012 Drought on Field Crops and Cattle Production in Arkansas – A summary of how the 2012 drought affected row crops and cattle production in Arkansas.
Southern Risk Management Education Center – Established in 2009, the center coordinates risk management education programs throughout the southern region primarily through a regional competitive grants program serving the states/territories of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Center strives to build networks and relationships throughout the region with growers and industry stakeholders that are diverse and grassroots-based. Our ultimate goal is to deliver results by educating producers.
- U.S. Drought Monitor
- Climate Prediction Center
- Climate Prediction Center-Drought Products
- Arkansas Drought Resources - BLOG