Recent Rains Slow Harvest In South Arkansas

Nov 4, 2013

The harvest of summer crops and the planting of winter wheat, especially in south Arkansas, has been slowed by recent rains that dumped up to 3 inches in some areas.

Chicot County Extension Staff Chairman Gus Wilson says the delays are the most since 2009 and he's just hoping that the wheat won't have to be replanted. In Prairie County, Extension Staff Chair Brent Griffin says about 25 percent of the bean crop is still in the field.

In Lonoke County in central Arkansas extension agent Keith Perkins says not as much rain fell there, but the harvest has been delayed about three days.

Officials say one positive from the rains is that wildlife management areas and refuges have plenty of water to attract ducks for the upcoming duck season.