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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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.)...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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Long-term forecast

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 ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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