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Farmers Rejoice As Rain Recharges Grayson Co. Fields Amid Drought

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- While many people don't like getting soaked and having to drive in dangerous conditions during heavy rain, one group of people just love this kind of weather.

We're talking about farmers. Some of the Texas panhandle has been coming out of exceptional drought. Here in Grayson County, the U.S. Drought Monitor says at last check we are still in extreme drought.  But, every bit of rain helps.

From temperatures near 100 at the beginning of the week to a cooler and very wet Thursday.

"I mean, how many times do we get a really good rain in mid-July?" says Texas A&M AgriLife extension agent Chuck Jones. "It's real common not to have much rain in July, and then never to see another drop until September."

Ben Wible farms 3,500 acres near Southmayd, and is preparing to harvest corn and milo in a few short weeks. He says the rain will add to the bushel weight and keep the milo stalks from falling over.

"I saw some starting to lean already, but this will revitalize the plant and the roots will, you know, pick up more moisture and actually hold the plant up better, and make the harvest easier," says Wible.

Farmers say a good rain like this doesn't stop the drought, but it relieves the drought conditions for a period of time, and that's helpful to them.

"We probably got 1.5, 1.75 inches," says Wible. "I'd actually like to see about 3 inches of rain to get some runoff water for our stock ponds."

It also brings greener pastures for the cattle. "I do farming and cattle and I benefited on both sides of that," says Wible.

One thing that does not mix well with rain is hay, but luckily all this is already baled.

"I baled hay on Sunday to try to get it out of the rain that they were talking was going to come Monday," says Wible.

Jones says for the past few years, farmers have moved away from planting soybeans that need more rainfall, but other crops like wheat -- which was recently harvested -- have been doing well.

"They've had the moisture that they needed to get a really good wheat crop this year. Matter of fact, some of them are saying it's the best they've ever seen, around 90 bushels to the acre," says Jones.

Wible says he was doing paperwork and other inside jobs today because it was wet outside. Jones says the rain also improves the surface moisture, helps flowers in people's yards, and re-charges the subsoil.