Crop losses expected to rise above 300 million

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BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) -According to the latest report put out by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, crop losses for this year are upwards of 3 Hundred and 9 Million dollars.

The complete loss dollar amount won't be known until harvest is complete which is still a few weeks away.

David Hodges says this is one of the wildest years he's ever experienced as a farmer.

 "The extensive rain that went on and on and on in the spring. We went to the extreme heat 100 + temperatures in June and we all thought, well the drought is here. And then, it went back to raining and rained all the rest of the summer and then rained all through harvest. I've been farming since I don't know probably since 82 or 3--somewhere along in there--and I've never seen one quite like it. "

This year's crazy weather will cost Arkansas farmers and the state millions which is over 309 million in crop loss alone according to the latest figures released from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Eric Wailes helped to compile the report.
"The data was based on crop reports compiled by the National Ag Extension service and the Little Rock Office. We compared that with the initial report that was prepared in September or October for the Grass A."
Other data was then compiled from county agents who had access to farmers, processors and ginners.
Other costs were factored in like extra fuel for field repairs after the soggy harvest.
Hodges, "There will be ruts there that will be will take 2 years to get leveled back in, in some cases.
A big loss to Arkansas this year will be thousands of ag related jobs, that income spent here and nearly 162 million loss in Arkansas gross products.
Dr. Wailes said a full report will be issued once harvest is complete, and losses will vary from farm to farm.
Wailes says, "There is certainly a significant segment who are going to be facing, again I think, some challenging financial circumstances as a result of the losses both from the quality and quantity of the crop."
Hodges said that some farmers who lost complete crops due to flooding or other issues may be having to quit farming. Many farmers had to replant 2, 3, or even as many as 4 times. Costs from replanting can add up and eat profits.
Hodges said he's hopeful about this year.
"We're still delivering some soybeans and some rice, so the verdicts still out. Hopefully, there will be a little bit left over when it's all said and done."
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