WEINER, AR (KAIT) - Farmers across Region 8 are keeping their eyes on the tropics this week, as many fear more rainfall.
With last week's excessive rain, another round would be very problematic for crops in the area.
According to local farmers Scott Gibson and Josh Cureton, rice has sprouted early and some grains have been damaged due to added water weight. This has led to crop loss across northeast Arkansas.
Scott Matthews, a rice and soybean farmer out in Poinsett County, also spoke with Region 8 about his concerns, especially going into the start of harvest season.
"Prior to the rain event," said Matthews, "we drained all of our rice, getting ready for harvest. Matter of a fact, we cut a sample yesterday and it was just a little bit high. It would probably be Monday before we could go and that tropical storm really makes us nervous."
Matthews mentioned that as harvest is about to begin for many on Monday, the last thing these crops need is more water.
An ideal situation would be mild temperatures, low humidity, and dry conditions.
As the tropical system to our south continues to move closer to the States, farmers will be keeping an eye on the radar, just in case they need to kick harvest season into high gear.
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