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(Newsrooms: ADDS five grafs after 32nd graf with comments from rice, soybean agronomists)
LITTLE ROCK — Thousands of acres of Arkansas farmland was under water Monday in the
wake of a weekend storm system that dumped up to 10.4 inches of rain in parts of eastern
The National Weather Service at Little Rock reported that the 7.5 inches that fell
at Augusta in Woodruff County set a new record for highest 24-hour rainfall. Des Arc,
in Prairie County, also set a new 24-hour record with 4.75 inches of rain.
The list for 36-hour rainfall totals was topped by a 10.36-inch measurement at Little
Dixie, which straddles the Prairie-Woodruff County line, followed by a 9.7-inch measurement
at a State Plant Board gauge at Howell in Woodruff County. (See: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=LZK&product=PNS&issuedby=LZK)
On Monday, farmers, county extension and others were assessing the damage.
“Secretary (Butch) Calhoun has asked extension agents in the Cache and White River
basins of the delta to survey flood damage from the almost 7 inches of rain that was
received over the weekend,” Zach Taylor, spokesman for the Arkansas Agriculture Department,
Eugene Terhune, Woodruff County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, said he and his county’s Farm Service Agency director
were surveying damage Monday morning.
“I’ve heard that we received 8-plus inches,” he said Monday. “It was the most water
I’ve seen in McCrory in the 22 years I’ve lived there.”
Flood warnings were issued for the Cache River near Patterson, the White River near
Augusta and on the L’Anguille River at Palestine, according to the National Weather
Service offices in Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock.
“We received 3 to 8 inches of rain across Prairie County,” said Brent Griffin, Prairie
County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Griffin shared images of crop fields completely submerged under new lakes.
“The worst areas are east of the White River. Some of those acres won’t be replanted
due to it being so late by the time the fields dry out,” he said.
Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist, wasn’t expecting any good news from eastern
Arkansas. “The cotton was still struggling from previous rains there.”
Mitch Crow, St. Francis County extension staff chair, said “we had 8 inches about
three weeks ago out west of Forrest City. We lost about a quarter of our cotton variety
demonstration then, and it was replanted to soybeans.
“This is adding much more injury to our crops,” he said, adding “I had 6 inches in
my rain gauge at Colt.”
Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist for the Division of Agriculture,
said that “13 inches of rain or any of the large amounts we are hearing is not good.
If we could have spread that amount of rain over a month or more, that would have
Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist, said Monday that he’d already gotten a
few calls from growers and “I’m expecting more in the next few days.”
Decisions about what action to take next “will be on a field-to-field basis,” he said,
adding he was headed to see fields Monday afternoon.
Flood on flood
The flooding impact in rice will depend on the depth of rainfall, said Jarrod Hardke,
extension rice agronomist for the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Many
acres of rice were already flooded by irrigation or rain as a normal and essential
part of the crop’s growth.
“In areas that received only a few inches of rainfall, it likely helped growers increase
flood depth and reduce pumping costs,” he said. “In areas that received increased
rainfall, there is concern for the bottom of fields flooding to the point of washing
out levees and putting rice under water.
“The rice under water for a few days will be fine, but if levees are lost we will
also lose the flood on reproductive stage rice – which is a very bad thing,” Hardke
said. “One positive is that this flooding occurred before much rice in the state has
begun heading – headed rice under water could greatly affect yield.”
For more information about crop production, visit www.uaex.uada.edu, http://Arkansascrops.com or contact your county extension office.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org