Region 8 Farmers Feeling the Heat from Drought Like Conditions - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Lunsford, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Region 8 Farmers Feeling the Heat from Drought Like Conditions

June 20, 2007 - Posted at 7:19 p.m. CDT

LUNSFORD, AR -- One thing most folks in Region 8 haven't seen enough of this year is rain.  At 5.74 inches below our average rainfall, farmers are feeling the heat.

"They look pretty well considering as dry as we are. Everybody that has done irrigation has done pretty well," said Lunsford farmer Mike Hook.

Hook looks over 800 acres of corn, rice, soybeans and cotton.  These days, he's spending a lot of time in the fields, making sure his crops are irrigated.

"Been dryer than normal, lot more money spent on irrigation than normal," said Hook.

Hook says conditions are so dry right now in Region 8 it would probably take a 2" rain to make a difference for most farmers. Rainfall earlier this week missed Hook's land.

"It was very spotty, very spotty.  There were a few folks that got some nice, official rains, but we weren't lucky I guess and didn't catch it," said Hook.

And with future precipitation predictions low, farmers may have to dig deep to battle the drought like conditions.

"The main thing is those without irrigation are really in trouble. Those with, which are most people, it's just the added expense of having to continue to pull it," said Hook.

Region 8's rainfall average is down just over an inch for the month of June.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Hydration station unveiled on A-State campus

    Hydration station unveiled on A-State campus

    Friday, August 17 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 03:25:45 GMT
    Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)
    Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)

    As part of a campus beautification project, Arkansas State University installed a hydration station.

    As part of a campus beautification project, Arkansas State University installed a hydration station.

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Two teens killed in train versus truck crash in Clay County

    Sheriff: Two teens killed in train versus truck crash in Clay County

    Friday, August 17 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-08-17 22:48:26 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 03:25:00 GMT

    According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, two teenagers, who were both seniors in high school, are dead after a train versus truck crash near County Road 154 north of Corning. 

    According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, two teenagers, who were both seniors in high school, are dead after a train versus truck crash near County Road 154 north of Corning. 

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Rape, kidnapping suspect released in Greene County

    Sheriff: Rape, kidnapping suspect released in Greene County

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:53:05 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:58:18 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to a post on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook, a man arrested earlier this week in connection with a rape in Greene County has been released. 

    According to a post on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook, a man arrested earlier this week in connection with a rape in Greene County has been released. 

Powered by Frankly