East Arkansas Crop Lands Flooded by Heavy Rains

July 3, 2014

Heavy weekend rains left many farmers in east Arkansas with flooded fields, and the water is so deep in places the ground won’t dry out soon enough for them to replant.

A little more than 10 inches of rain fell in parts of the eastern half of the state, where farmers were still assessing damage Monday.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings along the Cache River near Patterson, the White River near Augusta and on the L’Anguille River at Palestine.

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture agents say cotton was struggling in areas where heavy rains fell a few weeks ago.

In one area in St. Francis County, the earlier heavy rain wiped out cotton, so farmers replanted with soybeans. Now the land is flooded again.

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