High Heat Affecting Arkansas Businesses

JULY 26, 2005 - Posted at 3:36 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas truck farmers are feeling the strain from less-than-normal business traffic as the near 100-degree temperatures continue to deter customers from venturing out of doors.  Produce vendors in Little Rock's Farmers Market today said business tapers off toward the middle of the day when the temperatures get hottest.  Linda Heffner says she is throwing much more of her produce away at the end of the day because it spoils in the heat.

The weather has threatened crops in northeast Arkansas with diseases, especially sheath blight and blast in rice.  Farm experts say the fungus can cause significant crop losses.

The weather is expected to cool somewhat late today.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)