$175M in Damages to Arkansas Ag Following May Floods

May 18, 2017 01:29 PM

Like the debris left from a flood, farm losses in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri are continuing to pile up.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture updated its estimates on cropland affected by flooding in late April and early May.

The research shows 978,000 acres of cropland were hit by the high water. Of that, 616,000 acres have crops that are expected to survive.

Rice had the biggest loss of 181,000 acres, roughly 10 percent of the state’s crop. Soybeans lost about 122,000 acres while corn lost 40,000 acres.

The University of Arkansas estimates total damage to the state’s agriculture industry to be at $175 million, but it could be as high as $210 million.

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