Drought Research Center Blog
After the ice storm
LITTLE ROCK – With the potential for a significant layer of ice this weekend, homeowners
need to be examining their properties carefully to help prevent damage from falling
trees or limbs, said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forest
Research Center and an extension forester for the University of Arkansas Division
of Agriculture. The ...
Rain floods fields, prompts highway closure
NW Arkansas’s snow may be higher profile, but water is shaping its own drama
in the Arkansas Delta. As Extension Rice Agronomist Jarrod Hardke said, “Last
year it was a desert, and this year, you need a boat.” Rising water in eastern Arkansas
on Friday prompted flood warnings, a highway closure and submerged corn, rice ...
One year later, outlook is brighter
KARK-TV’s Josh Berry visited Pope County, Ark., a place that had become the
face of severe drought for much of the world’s media last year. A year later,
a cool, wet spring, has returned hope to the area’s cattle industry. See the
story at: http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=659202...
It’s May. It’s Arkansas. It’s snowing.
Though some folks remember flakes falling in Fayetteville, Plumerville and Eros, Ark.,
in May 1980, there’s no official National Weather Service record of it. Today’s
snow is a record. Arkansas has never seen snow in May. (At least since the NWS has
been keeping records.)...
Drought continues its retreat
Drought continues to recede in Arkansas as the moderate drought designation drops
completely from counties north of the Arkansas River. Spots of moderate drought are
stubbornly clinging to areas in the southwestern part of the state. The good news,
according to the Climate Prediction Center, is that SW Arkansas is projected to see
much improvement ...
Drought in Pope Co. – then and now
Pope County Extension Staff Chair Phil Sims took KTHV’s Sarah Fortner on a visit
to some of the places most hard-hit by last year’s drought. One of them was
a bermudagrass pasture in Hector, Ark., that exceptional drought had turned into a
moonscape: See the story at: http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=262777...
Why are my trees dying?
Dr. Jon Barry, extension forester for the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture, on trees and drought. Drought has been a hot topic for the last several
years in Arkansas. County agents and extension foresters have received numerous phone
calls about lawn trees dying due to insect and disease problems. Almost all of these
There’s mixed news from the Climate Prediction Center. Through May, the forecast
for Arkansas isn’t exactly drought, but for most of the state, there are equal
chances for above, below or normal precipitation. However, pieces of the state surrounding
Missouri’s Bootheel have above average chance of getting precip. See the whole
forecast and other date ...
Water returning to drought-starved Arkansas River
Severe drought was hard on parts of the Arkansas River upstream from Arkansas. Fortunately,
some of the water is returning. AP reports from Wichita, Kan.: Recent snow and rain
are bringing much-needed water to the Arkansas River. The city of Wichita was able
to raise the Lincoln Street dam 1 1/2 feet during the weekend. ...
Tax implications of drought
The April 15 federal income tax filing deadline is just around the corner. Faculty
of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have developed a fact
sheet on the tax implications of drought for those who sold livestock in 2012. Please
note the fact sheet is not a substitute for advice from your CPA. ...