Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 25, 2013

Cotton yield will benefit from more rains

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The next chance of rain is coming up this weekend as a cold front drops down from Oklahoma and brushes through North Texas, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

“We’ve got a cold front moving down,” said Jesse Moore, meteorologist with the NWS in Fort Worth. “We’re not talking about a great flood but we’ll take any kind of rain we can get this time of year.”

Temperatures from the cold front will drop about five degrees or more from the upper 90s Friday to the low 90s on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’ll probably move through Corsicana by daybreak on Saturday morning,” Moore said. “If we can get a couple degrees cooler for the weekend and a chance of rain, that’s not too bad.”

Last week’s rain, which varied between one and a half and two inches around Navarro County, didn’t effect the lake levels but it did help farmers, according to Navarro County AgriLife Extension Agent Logan Lair.

“It was nice, the rain we got, but we’re still a good five inches below our normal,” Lair said. “It’s nice to get rain in July, because that’s kind of unheard of for us, but all in all we’re going to need a whole lot more to break the drought cycle.”

The crop that benefited the most from the unseasonal rain was probably cotton, Lair said.

“It didn’t help corn and milo production, those crops are already starting to mature,” he said. “It did, however, help cotton pretty well as far as getting a bale or bale and a half extra per acre.”

Cotton is still young enough that any rain would only go into the yield at this point.

“We’re all squared up on cotton plants,” Lair said. “Now it’s time to start putting the yield on there. Any rain between June and July is great timing as far as cotton is concerned.”


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