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By Ryan McGeeneyThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. — Steady rains over southeast Arkansas, combined with overflowing
tributaries heading toward the Mississippi River, caused the northern portion of Chicot
County to suffer severe flooding this week, area Cooperative Extension Service staff
Gus Wilson, staff chair for the Chicot County Cooperative Extension Service office
in Lake Village, said much of the northern quarter of the county was under six to
seven inches of water.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, Chicot
County includes more than 289,000 acres of farmland, more than 134,000 acres of which
are used to grow soybeans. Corn and rice account for another approximately 79,000
Wilson said the northern quarter of the county will likely suffer near-total crop
loss due to the flooding and the timing of the weather events.
“It’s just about June now,” Wilson said. “You can still plant, but yield potential
is really going to start dropping in the next week.”
He added that even if the area receives no more rains, it will probably be several
weeks before fields are dry enough to begin replanting.
The Chicot County Sheriff’s Office said there had been no mandatory evacuations as
of Friday morning.
Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, said that over the past several years, Arkansas growers in different
areas of the state have had to deal with sever flooding and potential crop loss.
“This is becoming somewhat routine,” Hardke said. “Unfortunately, we’re getting a
fair amount of experience in dealing with it.”
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