Apr 30, 2013 7:21 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - Farmers say Monday's rain was no ordinary rain, for them it was like Miracle Grow falling out of the sky. Produce farmer George Picha's crops soaked up just over five inches of rain, and what didn't get soaked up pooled in the field. But he says not everyone was that lucky.
"The main thing is we got some rich water. Nitrogen in it since we had lightning with the rain and we got a good soak," says Picha.
When lightning strikes it splits some of the air molecules releasing nitrogen, an essential nutrient for plants to thrive. Picha's crops today were a little dirty from the wind and rain, but looked lush and green.
"They were just perked and so happy, all the sudden put on growth. I couldn't believe it. From a little bit of drizzle," says Picha.
As Monday's black clouds came rolling in Picha says he was skeptical that any rain would come from them. Picha planned to use his irrigation water this week but then mother nature stepped in.
"I don't know how far down it's going to soak on this but I would say it's going to last us a good while, a real good while," says Picha.
Small pools of water still sat in Picha's field waiting to be soaked in to the ground. Picha believes this weeks rain will keep him from having to irrigate his crops for the rest of the season.
Picha usually opens his produce stand the first weekend of May, but says the drought has pushed back the opening by the first weekend of June.