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Jun 3, 2013 6:44 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Weekend's Rain Not Enough to Save Crops

CORPUS CHRISTI - This weekend's rain was still simply not enough to make a difference on South Texas farmers' crops. While there is little hope of salvaging what's already out in the field, farmers hope more rain is in the future for next year's crops.

They planted in April, but their seed sat in a dry, parched ground for nearly two weeks before it saw any rain. Still down more than five inches from where we should be, this weekend's rain was welcomed but not enough to impact the crops struggling to survive.

"Too little too late. This crop should be up to my elbow at least and it comes up to about my knee and we should have grain heads on top of the stalk and we don't," says Wayne Miller, a farmer.

But even with water saturated fields looking more like ponds than farm land, veteran farmers like Wayne Miller knows that come late June and into July intense heat will wilt down these struggling plants.

In the farmers fields wet patches are deceiving because if you dig down just a few inches below it, you'll dry ground underneath.

"If we harvest this field right here the way it's growing right now you are looking at 4 or 500 milo, when we normally average 3,500 pounds per acre," says Miller.

These farmers are hoping by the end of September they get another 10 to 12 inches of rain. Because with each inch of rain brings them a better chance of having a more successful year in 2014.


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