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The drought continues but farming optimism remains high

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 10 2012 06:45:33 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Despite the drought, optimism is high for winter crops.

The drought conditions continue for our area, ranging from moderate to exceptional.

The recent rain might not have gotten the area out of the drought but it went a long way toward helping us recover and prepping the ground for winter crops.

"Our major crop that we have going in right now is gonna be our winter wheat," says Robert Pritz, Agrilife Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for Taylor County.

According to Pritz, the rain we did get will set the foundation for the subsoil moisture to get this year's crop off to a great start.

The rain came down slow and steady and was able to seep into the deeper layers before running off.

This will mean that the wheat's roots can stay hydrated using the subsoil moisture, even if another dry spell is in store.

Until now, Pritz says the rain has been a "quick fix" to replenish soil moisture but producers are looking forward to the benefits of September's rains for quite awhile.