Ark. ag experts put weather losses at $225 million

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2009 1:20 PM

State agriculture experts say soggy weather that drenched Arkansas during much of the harvest season will cut farm receipts statewide by nearly $225 million.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service on Friday released figures from the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas. Researchers say some farmers were devastated by the weather, which included upward of 15 inches of rain during October. Much of Arkansas averages only 4 or 5 inches of rain during the month.

Cotton was damaged most severely, costing farmers $115.5 million, according to the researchres. Rice farmers lost about $50 million and soybean farmers lost $49 million.

Emergency declarations have been announced for 60 of Arkansas' 75 counties.