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Wettest year on record results in mixed bag for South Texas cotton and grain

As intermittent rain showers continue to fall across the Coastal Bend of Texas, farmers are reporting a mixed bag for grain sorghum and cotton crop progress in early July.

The National Weather Service Corpus Christi Station is reporting the first six months of 2015 have now officially broken the 120-year weather record as the wettest on record, leaving area farmers with little crop consistency.

With over 14 inches of rain just during the month of May, Nueces County has now recorded over 32 inches of rain for the year, with some areas recording as much as 38 to 40 inches for the year, resulting in extremely late planting across the county and a substantial number of fields that remain fallow.

A drive across Nueces County last week confirmed that flooding and serious ponding in many fields resulted in varying stages of growth for both cotton and grain sorghum. Two adjacent fields, for instance, reveal one field  greatly benefited from the rains in spite of late planting and ponding problems, while the other is experiencing stunted  or slow growth. It was not unusual to see some fields with maturing sorghum with heads beginning to turn a crimson color standing next to areas where stunted plants were just beginning to head.

Photos by Logan Hawkes

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