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South Plains farmers assessing crops after Thursday storm

Lloyd Arthur by his cotton field in Ralls Lloyd Arthur by his cotton field in Ralls
LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

Farmers across the South Plains assessed their crops on Friday morning to determine what their harvest will be like this fall after Thursday's storms.

The wind gusts and hail left a lot of their hard work lying on the ground.

"Everybody said that they seen those few hailstones," said Lloyd Arthur, a farmer in Ralls, "which always makes us nervous, especially with the wind that came with it."

Arthur says a portion of his grain sorghum, or milo crop, is a complete loss after wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour blew them over.

"The heads were forming out and turning red. That head is at the heaviest weight it can be right now that hasn't dried down," Arthur said, "and with the excess winds that we had, it just lodged and fell over. That is a loss, but as you look across the field the majority of it is still standing."

But it's not all bad news. Because of the rainfall his crops received, Arthur said harvest time is looking up.

"You get a rain when you can take a rain because we've been in severe drought since 2011," he said. "Any rain that we're going to get, we're going to take."

Arthur has his irrigation turned off because of the moisture, which saves him thousands of dollars even with the milo he lost.

Mark Brown with the Lubbock County AgriLife Extension Office tells us that a little less than 1,000 acres of crops in Lubbock County were destroyed by the hail and wind gusts, and that damage extended to other counties as well

Justin Light has 45 acres of cotton farms outside of Petersburg that seem to be destroyed after marble sized hail bruised the bolls and broke leaves off the plants.

Arthur believes every farmer will get their moisture in time, though.

"If my neighbor gets it down the road that's helping him out," Arthur said, "so somewhere in the puzzles, it will help me out eventually."

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