Region 8 farmers say drought conditions are beneficial

Region 8 farmers say drought conditions are beneficial

CHERRY VALLEY, AR (KAIT) - A few counties slipped from a moderate drought to a severe drought recently, but it isn't all bad according to Region 8 farmers.

Will Nicholson is a farmer in Cross County and he said the weather conditions went from one end of the spectrum to the other.

"Since the flood in July, our rain has been very little a couple of inches here and there," Nicholson said.

Nicholson said the drought left fields dry that would usually be wet this time of year. The dry fields is now allowing farmers to get them prepared early.

"There was a lot of folks in the fields already, we're planning on hitting the fields full force come Monday with the dry weather and our plan is to try to get in and get the ground worked up, good, and ready in case we have a wet Spring later on," Nicholson said.

When it comes down to it, Nicholson said drier conditions are actually better than if it were to be a really wet season.

He said they can always add water thanks to good irrigation, but they can't take water away as easily.

Nicholson said many farmers are now finding ways to recycle their water as well.

One way they are doing that is by digging backup ditches, which saves money for them and saves the ground water supply.

"As long as we get that crop up and growing, we're able to irrigate it and keep it growing and keep it going," Nicholson said.

While the drier weather helped, Nicholson said he is hoping for a more average growing season this year compared to last year. 

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