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Posted on Aug 25, 2014 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, News Releases, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




The Farmers’ Almanac predicts ‘brisk and wet’ winter

By Gene Hall

It’s hard to think about winter when it’s 100 degrees outside, but that’s what I’m doing today.

The Farmers’ Almanac annual winter prediction came out this week and the forecast gurus say we’ll have a brisk and wet winter in Texas.

You can keep the brisk, but I hope they are right about the wet. It’s been a strange summer in Texas. Rains falling in late May and all of June means we have a bountiful corn and sorghum crop being harvested right now.

Pretty late for a Central Texas corn crop, but I’m not hearing farmers complain about the yields. Prices maybe, but that’s another story.

The fact is, most of Texas is still in some drought. The dog days of summer are just now taking their toll. Pastures and rangelands are burning up from heat and lack of moisture. Reservoirs, statewide, are only 65 percent full.

Texas needs a lot of rain this winter. If Mother Nature makes New Year’s resolutions, wet would be a good place to start.

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