Outlook for successful harvests in CenTX looks good so far this year

KWKT
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 1:15pm

They say sometimes a little can go a long way, and that seems to be the case with the rainfall that's been coming to the Central Texas region.
 

Small showers are helping crops develop more successfully than they have in recent years.
 

"Crops are doing reasonably well. And, it looks like with a little more rain, we could actually make a crop," said Gene Hall, Director of Public Relations for the Texas Farm Bureau in Waco.
 

Light rains across the Central Texas region in recent months are giving farmers hope for a more successful harvest season this year.
 

"Right now, these little half inch, quarter inch, eighth on an inch, even, rains that we've been having are sure a heck of a lot better than what we've seen in 2011," said Hall.
 

In years past, lack of rainfall caused significant damage to major crops, like corn.
 

"As the crop develops, as those ears of corn develop, then you need a little more rain for it to complete the process and make a crop," said Hall.
 

And, a lack of harvest could mean a lack of income for people who depend on farming as a way of life. So, how much money could the rain be worth?
 

"These rains that we've been getting, when you project it over the entire Central Texas area, are worth millions of dollars," said Hall.
 

While the outcome looks positive at this point, farmers still aren't counting their crops until they're harvested.
 

"We haven't had a lot of rain, so that could turn bad in a hurry," said Hall.
 

Only time and mother nature will tell if this year turns out to good harvests.

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