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Drought Effects in Arkansas

Drought has been a significant issue for Arkansas farmers and ranchers over the past several years. In 2022 it brings additional hardship in an already tough year. While drought recedes over time, its effects will linger for years ahead.

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. 

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.

2022 Webinars for Arkansas Drought Information

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is providing a webinar series to support Arkansas producers with timely information and recommendations on dealing with the 2022 drought. The two programs available in this series will cover livestock and forage and row crop production. Recordings of the webinars will be available for future reference and educational purposes.

Please check back often, as this webpage will be updated with details and additional resources. Contact your county extension office for information specific to your location.

Webinar: Surviving in the Cattle Business during the Drought

This webinar recorded on July 21, 2022, is for Arkansas cattle and forage producers. It provides resources, management strategies and research-based recommendations for forage, beef and pest management to help our cattle producers through this drought.

Dr. Vic Ford
Associate VP, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dr. James Mitchell
Livestock Economist

Dr. John Jennings
Forage Agronomist

Dr. Daniel Rivera
Director, Southwest Research and Extension Center

Dr. Kelly Loftin


Upcoming Webinar: Surviving in the Row Crop Business during the Drought

Date: To be determined

Time: To be determined

Agenda: Coming soon


Drought Resources and Publications

Arkansas Forage Advisor – Research and Extension | Divison of Agriculture | University of Arkansas System

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.