Fruit Trees, Row Crops May Be Affected By Recent Weather

Apr 6, 2014

Up and down temperatures across Arkansas may affect Arkansas fruit trees and a wet spring could delay planting of row crops in the state.

Benton County extension agent Neal Mays says northwest Arkansas went through "brutal" temperatures recently with several nights of temperatures at or below zero. Mays says it will soon be known just how much damage was done to fruit crops and said he expects at least some fruit buds were killed.

The Thursday night and Friday morning storms brought hail and rain damaged homes and downed trees across the state - but it also has helped start grass growing and began filling ponds for livestock in the state.

The rains also left fields wet and could delay the planting of crops including rice, soybeans, potatoes and onions.