Farmers struggling with "abnormally dry" conditions

Dry conditions hurting farmers
Soybeans (Source: KAIT)
Soybeans (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Even though Jonesboro and surrounding areas saw record amounts of rainfall in May, not much rain has fallen over the past couple of months.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, southwest and central Arkansas are abnormally dry. This means that parts of Region 8 need water, especially our farmers.

With June and July being the peak growing seasons for most crops, Scott Gibson, a local rice, soybean, and corn farmer, said that irrigation systems are going as hard as they can.

"Any rain that we can catch, we're certainly appreciative of," said Gibson. "Not six inches, like we had in late May, but a good inch of rain definitely lifts your spirits."

The heatwave also has not been helpful for farmers across the area.

Gibson explained that, just like humans, plants need rest from the heat and with overnight lows barely dropping below 80 degrees, the plants can't recuperate from the long and hot days. This unfortunately, can make for a smaller harvest at the end of the season.

Farmers are hopeful that Region 8 will see more rainfall before the summer finishes out.

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