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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.

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