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Texas backroads show benefits of timely rain on cropland

Central Texas this spring offers a different perspective from recent years to folks traveling down I-35 on their way to Austin, San Antonio or points further south.  Rainfall has created a more verdant view. Bluebonnets and other wildflowers provide splashes of color that break the monotony of interstate driving, even at 80 miles per hour.

But travelers who slow down and take one of the “roads less traveled,” are in for a treat. Patches of wildflowers turn into meadows and every curve offers an interesting view of newly-emerged crops, colorful old barns and wheat fields, just turning from deep green to pale yellow as heads begin to mature.  

Spring color is abundant in the Southern Plains

If travelers are fortunate, they might catch sight of a storm cloud on the horizon that adds a bit of depth and mystery to the landscape.  Will it rain or pass over as so many have in the past few years. Farmers and ranchers have been happy to see more of them bring rain this year.

A few photos from a recent trip show a bit of what backroad travelers might see.

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