Storms continue to bring rain. The water must go somewhere, and downstream it flows. Farmers in the delta areas of Arkansas are being hit hard by the excess water.
Jackson County extension agent, Randy Chalpecka, reveals that “Several thousand acres of wheat have been under water for more than a week, and are probably lost.” This is especially distressing at this time of year as wheat provides Arkansas farmers with cash flow during a part of the year when income is slow. Also, most farmers were looking to make up income caused by droughts because of the high prices being offered to wheat growers at this time.
At a time when fuel prices are threatening the local farmers, they will have to use that fuel for tractors to reseed, repair erosion gullies, and reapply fertilizer, another costly addition. Many row crop farmers supplemented their income with cow/calf operations. Farmers in many counties in the White and Black river flood plains lost their cattle to swift water before they could be moved to higher ground.
All the farmers can do now is stay dry and wait to see the results of this week’s additional rains. Then the rebuilding process can begin.