Silver lining to the storm – drought relief for farmers
August 29th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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As Hurricane Isaac continues to pound the Gulf Coast with rain and wind, meteorologists say the storm could provide some much-needed hydration in parts of the country hit hard by drought.

Isaac will bring "soaking downpours" to parts of Arkansas, Missouri and other Central states into the weekend, according to AccuWeather.

The rain will arrive too late for summer crops, such as corn and soybeans, which were damaged by the hottest July on record. But the moisture could reach far enough westward to benefit some of the upcoming winter wheat crop, according to Dale Mohler, a meteorologist at AccuWeather.

"The wheat over the central and southern Plains is generally planted during September, and replenishing soil moisture prior to planting after summer drought is essential for any new crop," Mohler said.

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  1. Irish

    It's too little too late.

    August 31, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  2. Ryan Goodman

    I have written more about how Isaac will affect my family and neighboring Arkansas farmers in this drought – http://agricultureproud.com/2012/08/29/isaac-brings-rain-worries-and-relief-for-arkansas-drought/

    August 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Jerv@Ryan

      Hey Ryan. I had no idea Arkansas has the largest rice crop in the US. Nice blog, dude.

      "Arkansas farmers have been scurrying to bring in mature crops that are ready to harvest. This includes a large number of grains, including the largest rice crop in the country. "

      August 30, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • Ryan Goodman

        Thanks Jerv! Yes, we do produce a lot of rice. The Mississippi Delta makes for great rice land and ducks often flock there in the winter, making for great bird watching!

        August 30, 2012 at 7:48 am |
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