Recent rains causing problems for farmers

Recent rains causing problems for farmers

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Normally, rain is always a good in West Texas especially for farmers, but there can be too much of a good thing.  

Like right now, the downpours over the past four days are causing more harm than good.

Friday night, many cotton farmers around the South Plains went to sleep hoping for the best, as the news reported the potential for the worst.

"It is hard to get the kind of rains you need without at least the risk of some severe weather," Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice President, Steve Verett said. 

"We had that storm roll through here and brought a lot of hail and a lot of wind with it, brought a lot of rain at the same time, so it was kinda a triple whammy there, it did a number on some of our acres," Cotton farmer Steve Brosch said.

"This was a little bit unprecedented, we've had basically like four to five days of this in a row and the weather pattern has been pretty much the same," Verett said.

"The same areas that have received a lot of the bad weather, the hail and the wind tend to be repeated over and over and so that's the thing that's been the most trying about this, but speaking over all certainly the rain has been beneficial," Verett said. 

"We never want to wish the rain away because it will stop some time," Brosch said.

"You can never plan for the hail," Brosch said.

"A lot of the hail we have seen, certainly that hurt the crops, it's the combination with the wind that has caused part of that damage, when they are combined together it can be  pretty devastating to young crops," Verett said.

Like those on Brosch's land, "we know any of this hail damaged, wind damaged cotton getting top yield out of it anymore, it's gone so we are trying to do the best we can just to handle what happened, keep alive what we can from that," Brosch said.

For farmers like Brosch who lost cotton,this time of the year can be challenging.

"It's getting too late, pretty much too late, to plant most any kind of crop that will provide much income, maybe grain sorghum possibly, maybe some very early season corns, short day corns, maybe sunflowers but we are really running out of time," Verett said.

Thankfully, the forecast for the next couple weeks looks like it will help dry up the soil and give farmers a better assessment of their lands.

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