Hail takes toll on cotton crop

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in West Texas over the last week, according to area cotton farmers. Todd Lingnau said out of the 1,500 acres he has planted, 120 of them will make a decent harvest — that’s because they were in […]

Dec. 1 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I have not heard any farmers complain about so much rain, but when I told one of them I was praying for some sunshine so they can all get the crops in, he thanked me and said we have needed rain so long he was so glad he could make a good […]

Cotton crops affected by rain

By David Irvin Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton will produce nothing more than yarn. The clock is ticking for Cain and other area cotton farmers. Wet weather over the […]

Weather helps peanut belt

Staff and Wire Reports Recent storms brought much-needed rain to the peanut belt Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, Ga. — Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley brought much-needed rain to parched Southern peanut fields, but growers say they still need regular showers and moderate temperatures over the next three to four weeks to maximize yields. […]

Poor weather puts damper on fall harvest

Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, farmers […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]