There are concerns in Arkansas that floodwaters will drown wheat already planted this spring.
Last year, Arkansas produced nearly 29 million bushels of wheat.
Now, muddy waters have run through fields for days, taking with it
expensive fertilizer treatments already applied to the soil.
However, experts say any real estimate on the damage will have to
wait until the floodwaters drain and that may take days.
The flooding in Arkansas began with storms March 17th in the
Midwest. Federal and state officials have been able to assess the
damage only where the water has receded. Thirty-five counties --
nearly half the state -- have been declared federal disaster areas.
Recent heavy rains also flooded parts of other states, including
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. The weather has been linked
to at least 17 deaths in the region.