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Area farmers loving the recent rain

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Idalou farmer Scott Harmon looked out across his farm as workers fixed tractors and readied the seed for a new round of cotton planting after Monday's wet weather.

"It's an inspiration and a motivation to get going again, get some grain sorghum planted and it's got a chance to do something," he said. 

"This is certainly not a drought-breaker or anything but it's a step in the right direction. We're like six inches right now for the year accumulated, but that's better than we have been."

Even if more moisture comes, Harmon said the best crops come when the soil profile is full from winter moisture. He noted that we didn't have a lot of this year, but he said at least there's hope.

"Rain always puts a smile on everybody's face. This rain is a step in the right direction. We'll just have to wait and see how things go," he said, adding that he hopes the next round of rain doesn't come with severe weather.

"The wind that accompanied the hail really tore us up. A lot of fields might not have even had any hail but the wind with it just tore the cotton up. It was all relative to the age of the cotton, the older and taller the cotton was the more at-risk it was to be taken away."

Harmon said even with the increase in moisture, he expects this year to be an average yield. 

He was hopeful, however, that the recent rains may signal the an end to the drought on the South Plains.

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