Title

Irrigated Acreage Change and Groundwater Status in Eastern Arkansas

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

The Journal of the ASFMRA

Publication Date

2021

Date Added

2022-06-03

Abstract

Arkansas rice, soybeans, cotton, and corn, which are mostly irrigated and predominantly produced in eastern Arkansas, are crucially important to the state’s economy. However, increased production cost, lower commodity prices, and unsustainable groundwater withdrawals impose threats to sustainable farming. This study provides a comparative status of eastern Arkansas major crops acreage and groundwater over the past Census of Agriculture periods. Results indicate that rice acreage remained almost stable, but soybeans and corn gained more irrigated acres in 2017 than in preceding census years. Groundwater level decline seemed to be more severe during 2007 than in 2012 and 2017.

Keywords

Climate

Disciplines

Agriculture

Publisher

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

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