September 5, 2012 Edition

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Isaac brings rain to county

Tractors were busy in this rice field on Greg Gill's farm on Thursday. Farmers throughout the county and surrounding area worked frantically to put up as much grain as possible before rains from Hurricane Isaac hit the area.

Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County felt the effects of Hurricane Isaac, but came away in much better shape than many others in the state.

No structural damage was reported in Lawrence County, unlike nearby Clay County, where the airport was heavily damaged in Corning.

The more than two inches of rain that fell was welcome after a summer of drought, but the timing was off for farmers who are a few weeks into the harvest season.

Extension Agent Herb Ginn said there are several fields that have quite a bit of downed rice.

"It could have been worse, but there is a lot of damage," Ginn said.

The harvest started a little early this year, and Ginn said he estimates about 35 percent of the rice is out, nearly all the corn is out and about 80 percent of milo has been harvested.

He reported that very little if any soybeans have been harvested, and the peanut harvest will most likely start the latter part of this month.

"We still have a ways to go," he said.

Some events planned in the county over the weekend were cancelled due to the forecasted storms, and the Hoxie Mustangs' season-opening football game at Trumann was moved to Thursday.

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