Report: Hurricane Harvey causes crop damage, mosquito increase

Report: Hurricane Harvey causes crop damage, mosquito increase

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - When remnants of Hurricane Harvey brought heavy rain to Northeast Arkansas, farmers experienced damage to rice, soybeans, and corn that were ready to be harvested, according to a report from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Little Rock television station KARK reported Wednesday that the increased rains will likely cause an increase in pesky mosquitoes as well.

An agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, Jeremy Ross, said the soybeans were already in the pod or maturing stage before the rains fell. The rains could cause a major problem.

"There was a tremendous amount of weight and surface area supported by the soybean stem," Ross said. "With the exceptional weather conditions, we have had so far this year, many of the soybean plants in our fields are taller than normal. With the combination of a heavy soybean canopy along with tall plants, any significant wind can cause lodging of the plants."

Another problem was the flooding, officials said.

"We have several county roads that are flooded in areas, with one report of a washout passable only by tractor," Cross County extension chairman Rick Wimberly said. "About a quarter mile of state Highway 364 is underwater west of Brushy Creek. Thankfully it is not a heavily traveled corridor."

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