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Rainy weather soaks area, crop prospects improve

WELCOME SIGHT – This field of cotton north of Sundown was soaking wet Wednesday after steady rain showers moved through the area. The widespread showers dumped as much as 3 O inches of rain in parts of Hockley County at mid-week. The belated moisture will greatly improve prospects for all crops, including cotton, corn and grain sorghum. (Staff Photo)

The heaviest rains in more than two years soaked the county at mid-week, boosting prospects for the 2013 cotton crop.

As much as 3 Ω inches of rain fell Wednesday and Thursday in Hockley County.

A frontal system that moved into Texas from the Ohio Valley  brought with it unusual amounts of moisture for this time of the year.

The rain will take pressure off local producers and allow them to cut back on their use of irrigation water, said Prentice Fred, manager of Long ‘S’ Gin north of Whiteface.

‘It was a good rain, more than good. It was a wonderful rain,’ Fred said. ‘It’s worth a bunch of money, it’s worth a lot of money.’

The much-needed rain will go a long way in replenishing moisture in the the soil profile.

About 3 Ω inches of rain fell at the gin during the two days. Fred added that he had heard that some growers got as much as 4.25 inches of precipitation.

Bobby Neal was ecstatic about the 2 Ω inches of rain that fell at his farm east of Whiteface in two days.

‘It’s going to be nothing but a plus,’ Neal said. ‘It’s just a blessing.’

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