National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center
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Ponds and we4lls dry in Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas
3/17/2017 4:03:36 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Benton County, AR
Washington County, AR

Start Date: 11/1/2016 - End Date: 3/8/2017
The lack of moisture for the past 6 months has caused many ponds and wells to go dry. Producers are having to haul water to sustain livestock. Some producers are having to sell livestock inventories because of the lack of water, hay or pasture. Crops planted for winter grazing have been affected greatly by the lack of rainfall, causing farmers to feed more hay than usual. The lack of rainfall in the past 3 months will have a huge effect on the spring hay cutting that provides farmers with their hay supply for the whole year. From Bentonville, Arkansas, on March 8, 2017