Mother Nature’s inconsistency is already causing a headache for some farmers in Arkansas.
But others in the industry have created a backup plan to try and ensure their yields still come out when the rain stops.
As the summer months approach, farmers start begging for rain or hitting deep water wells to keep their crops thriving. Those wells can be expensive, with some costing upwards of $250,000.
But fourth-generation farmer David Fielke has put a plan in place building a self-sustaining water supply on his Prairie County farm.
Chris Henry with the University of Arkansas says more farmers are jumping onboard with Fielke.
“A lot more water is available that way at a higher compacity and allows them to irrigate their crops more successfully,” Henry says.
“It’s nice to be able to put the service water on the farm. It goes through the tailwaters we pick it back up and we just continue to recycle,” Fielke says. “If we hadn’t done it I wouldn’t have a son farming it now for sure.”
Fielke does say creating this type of system isn’t cheap, but worth it to keep the family business growing for years to come.