It’s getting bad for Arkansas farmers. The Farm Bureau announced today that crop conditions are deteriorating rapidly as heavy rains continue to fall. “It’s a serious problem right now. At this stage, yield and quality losses for Arkansas’ major row crops could easily exceed $650 million,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. “Presently, the bulk of the state’s fall harvested crops are rated only ‘fair’ in their quality. With additional delays, a growing percentage of the crop will move to a ‘poor’ rating.”
The cotton harvest is only 15 percent complete. It is usually 75 percent complete by this time. Rice and soybean harvests are also behind their normal rate.