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October 13, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ark. -- It wasn't an alarm clock that woke Darrin Henderson up on Monday,
but the shriek of high winds and a storm’s deep rumble.
A strong line of storms scythed across Arkansas leaving one person dead and twisting
trees and uprooting buildings. Little River County officials confirmed one death near
Ashdown, and a team from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport, Louisiana,
was en route to survey the area.
“I woke up at 5:30 and heard the wind screaming and a deep thundery roar and the garage
door blew in,” said Darrin Henderson, Madison County extension staff chair for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “By the time I went to grab
up the kids, it was over.
The high winds “missed us by about 200 feet. It went through a hayfield and damaged
my father-in-law’s house. His carport is in my neighbor’s pasture about a half-mile
away,” he said, adding no one was injured and all horses, cattle and dogs were accounted
Monday’s weather heaped worry on farmers already reeling from last week’s storm.
Rice still in the field is a concern. As of last week’s Crop Progress report from
the National Agricultural Statistics Service, there was less than a quarter of the
crop still in the field.
Extension Rice Agronomist Jarrod Hardke, said the big problem for rice farmers is
wind blowing the plants over, known as lodging.
The damage won't always show immediately, Hardke said. An initial walkthrough might
show a small area of lodged rice, but in a week or two, that area might have grown.
“The problem with rice is if there’s enough wind to get the lodging started, then
it’s a big domino effect,” he said. “You get one little swirl 20 feet wide and that
extra pressure, and gradual wind and heavy dew and the area laying on its side will
get larger and larger.”
“It’s very much a wait-and-see game now,” he said. “We’ll hope for the best.”
Over the weekend, heavy rains in southeastern Arkansas caused flooding in unharvested
cotton and soybean fields, said Gus Wilson, Chicot County extension staff chair.
Sunshine was expected to return to the forecast on Wednesday.
For more information on crop production, contact your county extension office or visit
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 A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org