Soggy start to planting season for Arkansas farmers

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LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. – Rain has not been a good thing for Arkansas farmers. The Natural State has seen too much. 

Some farmers haven’t been able to get into their fields at all this year because it’s so soggy. 

The Arkansas Farm Bureau says it’s been the slowest pace in 25 years. 

“Every time we’ve gotten close to be ready to be able to go to the field and plant. We get another shower and another rain,” said farmer Robby Bevis. 

The weather is causing worry for Bevis, who is a fifth-generation farmer. 

“We’re one more rain away from not being able to have much of a rice crop either,” Bevis said. 

Fields should be filled with crop, but all you can find here are weeds. Farmers say they can’t get into their fields to plant because the ground is just too saturated

“It’s a snowball that’s had an astronomical effect right now,” he said. 

Bevis says it’s not just mother nature, but everything else that comes with it. “It’s not just the weather. It’s the economics, it’s our input, it’s our equipment, it’s our labor.” 

He, and many other farmers, are losing money. 

“It’s tough starting January 1st, talking to the banker, and at best case you’re going to have a push for the year and you turn into this and it’s kind of like – if I was looking at a push in January and I haven’t got anything really done — now I’m praying and hoping to break even,” Bevis said. 

As his equipment sits, he remains hopeful. 

“We’ve washed every truck, we’ve pulled every piece of equipment through the shop twice.” 

He hopes this year’s crop, and his income, can bloom.

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