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Drought costs stacking up for farmers and ranchers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas farmers are watching their costs mount and their yields come under threat from the high temperatures and persistent drought.

Farmers and ranchers spent another day Tuesday worrying about conditions as temperatures again soared to 100 degrees in places, with only scattered, light rainfall in the prior 24 hours.

Some parts of Arkansas have received less than half of the normal rainfall since April.

Lincoln County farmer Jeff Keeter says his pumps are running all the time to keep his corn, rice and soybeans going. Keeter says he's burning 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel each week just to irrigate.

He says there's no way to be certain whether he'll make a profit. He'll know once his crops are in.

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