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Money Matters: Farmers Suffer After Heavy Rain

Heavy rains hit Eastern Arkansas over the weekend. And with rains still covering the fields it's costing Arkansans thousands of dollars.
BRINKLEY, AR - Most days Brinkley farmer Hal Mason would be on his tractor working.

"We were thinking that we were going to be more in the coasting mode for the next two or three weeks," says Mason.

But with the 10 inches of rain that flooded parts of eastern Arkansas, Hal is just waiting for all the water to dry up.

"It's covered our soy beans, our rice, and our corn, and it's going to take several weeks for us to get back in the field here," says Mason.

Hal says this is the most rain he has seen during the month of June in 22 years of farming. He estimates that replanting will push their harvest set for early October to mid-November. That delay, is costing farmers thousands of dollars.

"Most of everything they have done they have to redo. You have got your seed costs and then you have period cost on your machinery and fuel and re-application of chemicals and stuff. I mean just off the top of my head it's probably going to cost him about $200 an acre," says County Extension Agent Van Banks.

For farmers like Hal that means replanting at least 750 acres and praying no more rain comes their way.

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