$50 Million in Losses from Arkansas Flooding

September 12, 2016 04:48 PM

Most of the attention from flooding in August focused on Louisiana, but neighboring Arkansas suffered losses as well. 

Counties in northeastern Arkansas received more than a foot of rain in one week.

The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas released crop loss estimates. Extension economists are projecting crop losses as high as $50 million, saying that estimate is on the conservative side.

30,000 acres of soybeans were swamped by northeast Arkansas flood waters, costing farmers nearly $11 million.

Grain sorghum was also impacted by the relentless rainfall. While flooding itself didn’t harm the crop, humidity impacted grain quality, causing sprouting. Sorghum losses are totaled at nearly $6 million.

The biggest losses for farmers are in rice fields. Fields were ready for harvest, costing farmers a whopping $19 million. 

These losses have made it tough for rice and soybean growers like Doug Cox, but he will continue to fight.

“We’ll start making our planting decisions here in a couple more months,” said Cox. “We’re trying to get seed locked in and determine what we’re going to plant and where we’re going to plant it. We plan to move on.”

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