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Mixed feelings about Isaac

August 27, 2012

LODGED RICE — File photo from September 2008 showing rice in a Stuttgart, Ark., field flattened by the remnants of Hurricane Gustav. There are worries that Isaac could do the same in 2012. (University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture file photo)

As Isaac’s chances for hitting Arkansas seem to solidify by the hour, how friendly a reception the storm get depends on the crop you raise, county extension agents for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Monday.

“We don’t want any damage, but cattle producers will probably roll out the red carpet, or at least put out a welcome mat,” said Phil Sims, Pope County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

As of noon on Monday, the National Hurricane Center’s five-day forecast cone put Issac’s center, as a tropical storm in northern Louisiana by 7 a.m. Thursday. Twenty-four hours later, the center of the storm is projected to be near Little Rock as a tropical depression.

With damage from 2008’s Ike and Gustav still fresh,  row crop producers are worried about their soon-to-be-harvest rice, soybeans, cotton and corn. READ MORE … 

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