Recent Rains Helps Farmers Get Jump Start on 2004 Growing Season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/1/04

Recent Rains Helps Farmers Get Jump Start on 2004 Growing Season

With planting time just over a month away, farmers we spoke with today say this rain could not have come at a better time. This weekend many farmers in the Lubbock area received more than an inch of rain. That may not sound like much, but as NewsChannel 11's John Robison said our year to date average is two inches above where we normally are this time of year. And when many farmers can spend hundreds of dollars a day on irrigation costs every drop counts. 

"At the turn of the year our ground was so dry. We had land blowing and there was no way of stopping it now with this moisture we would be able to stop the sand from blowing and also get us started with some underground moisture," says Eugene Bednarz, a Lubbock County farmer.

Planting for cotton starts in early April, and although farmers are pleased with recent rains they say even more will be needed once cotton seeds are in the ground but they feel they're off to a good start this year.

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