FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Hurricane Harvey may not hit Arkansas directly, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t having an impact on Arkansas farmers, some of whom are concerned about the potential affects unseasonal rainfall may have on their crops.
Some farmers are harvesting crops early in an effort to avoid the extra rain that may fall as the remnants of the hurricane push ever-farther towards Arkansas, especially the Delta region.
It’s still too early for many farmers to harvest the state’s most populous crop, the soybean. But many farmers had to start over in the process because of flooding in April and May, when heavy rains can cause crops to fall over.
Rice crops can be especially vulnerable, but strawberries, corn and pumpkin patches could also be impacted.