Rainfall a Growing Concern for Farmers

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Carl Sanders grew up just down the road from the land he harvests these days.

Farming comes as a second nature to Sanders, and each year he takes a gamble on it.

"That's the only way that we could possibly make money is to make real good yields,” he explains. “Our margin of error is so slim right now with expenses being so high that we pretty much have to make a good crop every year."

So far this year, Sanders crop has done well.

With minimal rainfall, Sanders began his peanut crop a few weeks early.

"Right now, most of the peanuts are just in a real small stage so we're just trying to get a stand and get a uniform stand and get them going. They will be fine with just a little rain right now but later on they need a lot of rain," Sanders said.

Experts say anywhere from a half inch to an inch is desirable for farmers and their crops.

And so far, many are staying optimistic about this year's yield.

Houston Co. Extension Coordinator Willie Durr said, “We would like to think they're better but the thing is, we know there are not that many farmers or many acres planted this year. So you know, it's kind of hard to say."

Farmers say they are hoping for more rainfall during the season.

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