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(Little Rock) (AP) – The U.S. Drought Monitor now shows parts of Arkansas to be in extreme drought.

The new classification released Thursday shows the drought has worsened in parts of north, west and south Arkansas. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Buonanno in North Little Rock says the state is far below normal in precipitation for the last two months.

High temperatures during the spring helped dry the soil, which has intensified the drought conditions now being felt. Buonanno says there is a slight chance of rain forecast for next Tuesday or Wednesday but not nearly enough to break the drought.

The dry weather is pressuring Arkansas farmers and ranchers. The dry grass has left cattle without forage and ranchers have to feed the animals hay. That foretells a hay shortage for winter.

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