Meanwhile, rice growers’ race against time is coming down to the wire.

“Prairie County will be down 20,000 acres of rice due to the high water of White and Cache rivers,” said Brent Griffin, Prairie County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “There is the potential for 50,000 acres to not get planted due to slow or no fall in the river stages.

“Once the water gets off the fields, the heat and wind will rapidly dry to a crusting or baking of the soil surface,” he said. “The old adage of ‘too wet before lunch and too dry after lunch’ comes to bear.”

The National Weather Service forecast for the Little Rock area shows a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Otherwise, the forecast calls for hot, sunny days with highs in the 90s.

Said Griffin: “Send sunscreen!”