Winter Weather Brings Much Needed Moisture
Any farmer will tell you if you get through winter without any significant moisture, you are in trouble headed in into spring. We found that out again in 2013 as we received several good rains from May through October, but there just wasn’t a foundation of moisture to help hold it in the soil long enough. Thus, our 2013 cotton crop suffered.
But for the first time in four or five winters, we have received ample moisture thanks to several storms of sleet, freezing rain, snow, and hard freezing temperatures. This is likely the wettest and coldest winter since 1972-1973 in our area. And 1973 (the year I was born) was a bumper crop. One of those crops my Dad still talks about. So, hopefully we are looking at a good crop in 2014. Everyone sure needs it.
Going three years in a row with no crop, no crop, and next to nothing, it wears and tears on a farmer’s mind, body and spirit. So, here is to hoping the moisture continues in the American Southwest. Many families, farms, and communities are in critical need at this point.