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Arkansas Crop Irrigation

Arkansas ranks third in the nation for the area of irrigated land.  It ranks second in the volume of water pumped for irrigation.  To sustain agricultural production, a critical need is access to adequate water to grow crops profitably.  About 80% of Arkansas’s irrigation demand is provided by groundwater provided by the Lower Mississippi River Basin (LMRB), of which only about 48% of the annual withdraw is sustainable.  Water is critically important for Arkansas to support healthy ecosystems, quality of life and the economic well-being of Arkansas.   

Mitigating Irrigation Fatigue and Drought Stress in 2022