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- Harvest delays on Upper Coast, Winter Gardens
- Inland cotton gets rain as well
Tropical weather across the Upper Gulf of Mexico has been slow to form this summer but a mid-season tropical low pressure system has been pumping moisture-rich air masses into the state in recent days bringing significant rain showers to the Coastal Bend and spotty showers to the Upper Coast and Deep South Texas.
Inland cotton gets rain as well
Fields says some cotton harvest is delayed across the Texas Winter Garden.
"These have also been mostly beneficial rains in spite of coming late in the summer season. A few dry days and cotton harvest can continue and the moisture that has fallen may give us a leg up for next year's cotton crop. That's what we are hoping for at this point," Fields said.
Earlier this year nearly all cotton producers west and south of Corpus Christi zeroed out cotton in favor of insurance claims. A few tried to raise grain sorghum but that also failed to produce because of drought conditions.
At a Cotton Foundation exchange tour in Corpus Christi last month, NCC Chairman Jimmy Dodson, a Robstown farmer, told visiting tour participants this marks the first time in 14 years he failed to raise a crop. Not only was cotton a wash, but by the end of the season only 400 acres of sorghum was worth harvesting.
While forecasters say the chance of significant showers continue in the days ahead, especially for coastal regions of Texas, Fields says most farmers on the central coast are hoping to receive "a lot of rain" before next spring.
"We are so far behind, we need the rain to boost up soil moisture and we desperately need to replenish reservoir levels all across South Texas, so a lot more rain is needed as we look to the 2014 planting season," he said. "We don't need another year of dry weather, so more rain is a good thing for many who couldn't make a crop this year."