Rain Good News for Farmers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/26/03

Rain Good News for Farmers

Thursday morning's storms brought welcome rain to area cotton crops in the middle of what started as a bleak growing season.

Thursday's rains will help keep current crops growing and help get new crops off to a good start. Another benefit of a short intense rain is that farmers who use furrow dikes can actually catch and save rainfall.

"They've really held this water in here because the short duration and intense rain we had this morning has exceeded the infiltration rate of the soil and the water we've saved here in this field because of these dikes," said Scott Orr, of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District.

Orr says the furrow dikes will save money on irrigation costs and can increase cotton yields up to 25%.

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