While most folks take rain for granted, it's ranchers like Barbara Nelson who cherish it. After all with such a dry summer, it's her livelihood that suffers when there are no showers. Fortunately for her as of late, Mother Nature has been cooperating.
"Two weeks ago, everything was brown and crunching as we walked on it and the rain has made a slow, slow comeback for us and it's just remarkable."
Nelson is a beef producer and the lack of rain has meant there's not enough green grass to feed her cattle so she's had to rely on an alternate source of nourishment for her cows.
"It's been a real drastic impact to us because we've already begun to feed the hay to the cows where normally we don't do that."
"The drought affects the grass production that supports our cattle industry and our cattle industry in Union County is about a five million dollar industry so drought has quite an impact on cow, calf production."
Thankfully, nelson says there's been three and a half inches of rain so far this month. In fact there's been consistent rain fall in El Dorado since July 5th -a hopeful sign for Nelson's animals.
"It is going to give us a beginning recovery so that the grass will be able to grow again."
And as long as the rain keeps falling, the grass will keep growing; something that animals, farmers, and ranchers alike can only hope for. Brea Douglas, NBC 10 News.
Beginning in August, there will be meetings throughout Arkansas offering tips on drought management. For more information, you can contact your local extension office.