Higher diesel prices pummel Northeast Arkansas farmers

Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 9:23 PM CDT
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SUCCESS, Ark. (KAIT) - Diesel prices continue to climb above record averages, making it difficult for farmers to fill up.

AAA reported the average price for diesel in Arkansas is $5.39 per gallon.

Not only are the prices up, but a lack of rain has forced farmers to run the irrigation pumps.

These pumps burn anywhere from three to five gallons of diesel per hour, forcing farmers to spend thousands of dollars to fill up their tractors and operate their pumps.

“It’s one of those things we have to have, and it is more than doubled from last year, and we are having to use more of it this year,” said Clay County farmer Zack Brown. “And it looks like we are going to have to use more of it this year with no rain.”

Brown hopes the prices will drop soon, stressing farmers will continue to do their part and get crops planted.

Clay County Extension Agent Allison Howell said consumers could see a price spike on the shelves if this trend continues.

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