ArkLaTex farmers affected by constant rain, flooding

Flooded cotton field in north Caddo.
Flooded cotton field in north Caddo.(KSLA)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 3:08 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 7:18 PM CDT
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GILLIAM, La. (KSLA) — It’s been a tough couple of weeks for our ArkLaTex farmers.

The constant rain could be wiping away profits for many of them, especially due to back-to-back downpours. Farmers in north Caddo say crops like cotton and corn are particularly struggling.

“Regardless of how much it rains or how little it rains, we still have to spend roughly the same amount of money to get the crop,” said Ryan Kirby, a farmer who raises cotton, corn and soybeans.

“When we first started planting our corn, we were hoping to get maybe 200 bushels to the acre. Right now, we’re probably looking at more like 150 is the best we could do from this year.”

In Kirby’s favor, the price of those crops has increased.

“That’s going to help offset the yield losses.”

However, for cattle farmers like Marty Wooldridge, those increased prices are not such a good thing.

“There were people in there asking, ‘Has anybody heard of people starting to think about selling their cows?’ Because we’re going to be short on feed stuff,” he said.

Flooded cotton field in north Caddo.
Flooded cotton field in north Caddo.(KSLA)

Luckily, Wooldridge believes he and his fellow farmers will make it out ok.

“We have some time to try to make up for it, if the weather pattern starts to change.”

In terms of consumer impact, Wooldridge said there could be minor changes.

“I do not believe there will be any shortages, but you could see a steady increase in what your grocery store items are going to cost you.”

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