Farm Progress

Recent rains encourage all spring/winter crops

Robert Burns

April 21, 2010

2 Min Read

Most of Texas got exactly what it needed in the last week, either rain or a drying spell, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

In most cases, what was needed was rain, and agricultural producers got from light drizzle to as much as 10 inches in a few areas.

"Lubbock County received 4 inches to 5-plus inches during several rainfall events last week," said Mark Brown, AgriLife Extension agent. "Although low-lying areas received some temporary flooding, these rains came at a very beneficial time for wheat producers and cotton producers alike."

"Rain, good ole rain," said Kevin Brendle, AgriLife Extension agent for Dickens County, east of Lubbock. "Most of the county has had 1.5 to 3 inches of it. Land has been prepared and cotton planting will soon begin. Wheat and oat fields will really grow with this recent moisture."

"Pecos County received a much-needed rain over the entire county this past week," said Norman Fryar, AgriLife Extension agent for Pecos County, south of Odessa. "Measured amounts varied greatly. The moisture came slowly for the first several hours allowing the soil to open up for the heavier rains that followed on the second day. Some areas have reported moisture as deep as six inches down."

In the North, what was needed was warmer temperatures and sunshine to dry fields out, and that's what they got, AgriLife Extension agents said.

"This week has thus far brought the best weather we have had this year with the warm temperatures and sun," said Rick Maxwell, AgriLife Extension agent for Collin County. "A few more corn farmers have decided to go ahead and plant late, but we are still probably at only 20 percent of our total planted acreage for corn. What little wheat we have planted is now starting to grow, but it is still far behind for this time of year. Livestock pastures are greening up now with Bermuda and winter annuals starting to grow very well."

Though rain halted some harvests in South Texas, it was good news for most crops. The exceptions were sugarcane and onions, reported Brad Cowan, AgriLife Extension agent for Hidalgo County, south of Corpus Christi.

"Many field operations have been slowed or stopped due to rainfall received all week," Cowan said. "Rain was not good news for most onion growers as harvest nears. Some sugarcane was still not harvested and rainfall was not welcome for harvest crews."

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