LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- While the drought situation in Arkansas has seen tremendous recovery, farmers are still cautiously optimistic in the outlook of the coming crops. Southwest, parts of northwest, and north central Arkansas still dealing with abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions.
Zach Taylor from the Arkansas Agriculture Department said that southwest Arkansas would need approximately 10 inches of rain to be out of drought. He also noted that elsewhere, an average of 2 inches will be needed to get out of drought.
Ag Extension Agent Phillip Sims took a picture that you'll see in the video above, and it made national headlines. A pasture in Pope County looked like a moonscape with hardly any green in sight. Now, things are looking up for cattle ranchers, but they will still be welcoming rain in the coming months.
The most recent heavy rain has been great for ranchers trying to feed their herds grass, but for row crop farmers it is a more difficult situation. For example, many farmers have run out of time to plant corn, so they're switching to soybean and grass. Farmers that plant rice and other row crops in our state, thankfully, with modern day equipment, can plant quickly after the soil dries out a bit.