Despite Recent Freeze, Arkansas Crops Won't be Total Loss

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A wheat specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service says that, despite record-breaking low temperatures last weekend that damaged some of Arkansas' fruit and row crops, this year's wheat harvest won't be a total loss.

Wheat farmers have been especially concerned about the cold snap that sent temperatures plunging below the freezing mark for three nights.  Wheat specialist Jason Kelley says about 830,000 acres of wheat was planted this year in Arkansas, more than the past two years combined.

Kelley said yesterday that experts were still assessing the impact of the freeze, but have found some degree of freeze damage as far south as Pine Bluff.  He said they're not yet sure of the degree of damage, but it's not a total loss.

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