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October 3, 2014
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. -- A deadly line of storms that rumbled across Arkansas on Thursday
night flattened some soybean and rice fields and could bring harvest to a halt for
a few days, Cooperative Extension Service agents said Friday.
The storms that hit the state were part of a long line that swept from Texas to the
Great Lakes. A Malvern man was killed when a tree fell on his house. The National
Weather Service at Little Rock received scores of damage reports, including destruction
of a farm shop in Lonoke County and a semitruck with chicken parts being blown over
near Newport. More than 30,000 people were still without power Friday. Entergy said
utilities in Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan and Louisiana heading to Arkansas to help
Jefferson County Extension Agent Anthony Whittngton said he had to step over downed
powerlines to get to his truck Friday morning.
“Where I live in Sheridan, it is a mess! Trees snapped and down everywhere, power
lines down all over the place,” he said.
In Nevada County, Extension Staff Chair Melissa Beck said Thursday night that there
was widespread damage due to straight line winds.
“The county judge said his crews would be working through the night to remove trees
from roads,” she said. Beck and her husband “Drove our fences in the rain with a spotlight
to make sure our cattle couldn't get out. Now just sitting in the dark using the last
of my cell phone battery.”
Mixed effects on farms
“I’m hearing reports of downed rice in the east-central and northeastern part of the
state,” said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture. “That’s to be expected with the extremely high winds
and possible tornadoes they dealt with last night.”
That flattening of crops, known as lodging, also occurred in some soybean fields in
southeastern Arkansas, Hardke said.
Lodging and green snap were issues in cornfields hit by summer storms but “fortunately
corn and grain sorghum harvest is nearly complete,” said Jason Kelley, extension wheat
and small grains agronomist.
However, “rain we received will be helpful for wheat planting,” he said. “Soil conditions were
too dry to plant wheat in most areas prior to this rain, so this rain will help add
moisture and allow producers to get wheat seedbeds ready for planting.”
In Phillips County on the Mississippi River, Robert Goodson, extension agent for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Helena-West Helena saw
about .9 to an inch of rain.
“There was one report of a center pivot turned over due to wind,” he said. “Electricity
was out about five hours in some places. This was the first rain in several days and
farmers should be back in the field Sunday or Monday.”
In Chicot County in far southeastern Arkansas, rain gauges showed anywhere from a
half-inch to 1.5 inches of rain.
“This will keep these guys out of the fields until Sunday or Monday,” said Gus Wilson,
Chicot County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division
He said growers in his county had finished up the corn harvest, were about three-quarters
of the way through soybeans, halfway through rice, but had only started on cotton.
In northwest Arkansas, where drought persists, Washington County Extension Staff Chair
Berni Kurz said he saw less than a quarter in at his house. “We could’ve used some
rain. Maybe next time.”
For more information on crop production, visit your county extension office or see
us online at www.uaex.uada.edu or http://arkansascrops.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerU of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com