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After race to harvest, Ark. farmers await impact

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas farmers raced to bring in as much of their corn and rice as they could ahead of Isaac's wind and rain reaching the state.

With the storm blowing into the state's southeast on Thursday, growers had to leave their fields and begin the wait to see how much the storm will damage their crops.

Extension agents with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture say many farmers worked through the night to harvest as much as they could.

If corn is blown down, it's almost impossible to harvest. High wind can damage rice yields, even if the plants aren't blown down. Heavy rain can cause grain to sprout.

Forecasters say the heaviest rain is now expected in the state's southeast, extending north and west toward Little Rock.

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