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Farmers Urged to Monitor Ponds

ARKANSAS - Farmers are being warned to watch their stock and fish ponds as more rain is forecast to fall on already saturated ground.

Nathan Stone, and Extension fisheries specialist with the University of Arkansas system, is urging people to keep a check on their farm pond spillways, especially if they have any fences or screens across the emergency spillway or trickle tube. "They must clean away any debris — if they can safely do so. If water leaving a farm pond flows over the top of the dam, it can erode the dam and cause failure,” said Mr Stone, who works with the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center, UAPB, a partner with the University's agriculture division.

According to the Delta Farm Press, so far, the state’s commercial fish ponds have remained intact and unflooded but the situation is being closely monitored.

“We are in good shape,” said Margie Saul of Saul Minnow Farm in DeValls Bluff, Ark. “The levees are getting very sloppy, but because of the gravel base, we’re in better shape than some farms.

View the Delta Farm Press story by clicking here.