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Texoma farmers fear future of crops

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Some North Texas cotton crops were ruined by wet weather in 2018  (KTEN) Some North Texas cotton crops were ruined by wet weather in 2018 (KTEN)

BONHAM, Texas -- They say too much of a good thing can be bad. For Texoma farmers, that's been the case with rain and drought.

Most farmers haven't been able to grow their spring crops because of the weather, and some are saying this has been the worst season they've ever seen.

For farmer Arthur Chaney, what was supposed to be a field of cotton is now a total loss.

"I've farmed for nearly 50 years, and this year has been one of the worst," he said.

The lost crop is now taking money out of his pocketbook. "It's cost every farmer in North Texas money," Chaney said.

Our extreme weather is blamed for the crop failure. Some farmers said it was too dry last summer, followed by record rain in fall and winter.

"You work all summer planting and then get ready to harvest," said Chaney, "It and the rain sets in and nearly destroys it."

Fannin County Agriculture Extension Agent Cody Maxwell said the bad weather last year has affected 2019. 

"It's kind of a double-edged sword. Here in our part of Texas, its either too much rain or not enough rain," he said, adding that the soil is still too wet to plant for spring.

"Right now we are on the brink of planting these warm season crops, and we just can't get them in, if we don't get them in by a certain time, they won't be ready to harvest," Maxwell explained.

Chaney said he hopes his field can soon grow corn, and that Mother Nature will be merciful.

"We'll keep going, we'll keep farming, and hope for a better year this year," he said. 

The good news is, as long as farmers get their crops planted by April, they'll meet their spring deadline.

"When you're in agriculture, you're gambling every day, and you have to take the risks as they come to you," Maxwell said. 

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