Gordon Could Devastate Arkansas Row Crops

Arkansas Rice Field

Arkansas row crop farmers have battled international trade wars, low prices, and volatile weather conditions. A new and serious danger is now lurking off the Gulf Coast – Tropical Storm Gordon.

The powerful storm is expected to make landfall, possibly as a hurricane, through parts of Mississippi and Alabama Tuesday night and its remnants could be in the Natural State sometime Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS predicts 4-8 inches of rain could fall in parts of the state and there could be isolated spots where a foot of rain could fall. Rice, soybeans, and corn are now being harvested, and the timing could not be worse, rice agronomist Dr. Jarrod Hardke said. Farmers operated their combines non-stop during the Labor Day Weekend, but there’s still a lot of crops still in the field.   MORE

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