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North Texas crops having a good year

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FANNIN COUNTY, Texas -- North Texas crops like wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton have dealt with extremes over the past few years from heavy flooding rains to abnormally dry conditions that make our drought seem like it's on a roller coaster. So how has Mother Nature been to farmers in the area?

"It's been crazy but it's been good, I guess you could say," Fannin County Agricultural Extension agent Cody Maxwell said. "We've had farmers say here in Fannin County that this year for the crops is some of the best crops they've seen in their years of farming."

However, it wasn't too long ago -- in May and June -- that a number of counties in North Texas were under the gun and had abnormally dry pockets that could reap trouble going into the typically dry month of July. But then...

"The water hydrant turned on, and we saw rain everywhere during the first part of July," Maxwell said. "The grass has turned it on. The crops look amazing."

So the rains came at the perfect times for the crops, Maxwell said.  "We had enough to keep them going, but not enough to make them stand in 'wet feet,'  basically. They've allowed the crops to be productive, and on these warm season crops we'll wait to see what the harvest is moving forward in the next few weeks"

So what is the outlook going into August and September? Well, as Maxwell said with a laugh:  "That's [you weather] guys' call on that if we're going to get rain. Every day we're praying for rain traditionally during that time. But hopefully, as we move forward, we could get the rains that will keep us just moving along."

With that being said, the Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates that we should expect more rain than we traditionally see in the coming months.

Maxwell said farmers and ranchers usually think of September 15 as a "survive by" date, because that's when the area starts to pick up more rainfall.

If you have any questions in regards to local agriculture or natural resources, you can visit your local Texas county extension office website through https://counties.agrilife.org/.

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