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KUAR: Severe Drought Spreads Throughout Arkansas’s Southern Half

See Chris Hickey’s story about the spreading and intensifying drought in Arkansas: http://bit.ly/1LtMIkt...

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Lessons learned about drought and livestock

The drought of 2011-2012 in Arkansas taught cattle producers some hard lessons. Some of what we’ve learned is contained in the publication “Drought Management and Recovery for Livestock Systems.” Download it at http://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/mp530.pdf, or ask your county extension office about it....

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Are you ready for wildfires?

The Cooperative Extension Service has an array of fact sheets to help homeowners take steps to protect their property in event of a disaster. Download this wildfire sheet at http://bit.ly/1Rh9NdK....

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Fire weather in Arkansas

The National Weather Service at Little Rock has a fire weather watch in effect for a large portion of Arkansas. Below maps are from the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s www.arkfireinfo.org....

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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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