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      Farmer: 'We couldn't have asked for better rain'

      In 2013 David Cleavinger donated an acre of corn to Snack Pak 4Kids, this year a neighbor has also added to the donation with one more acre.

      Farmers in the Texas Panhandle agree this time of year they'll take any amount of rain there is.

      Since Thursday David Cleavinger's land surrounding his home has received nearly 6 inches of rain. Rain, crops have needed for nearly four years.

      "It's been nice and slow, and none of it has run off," Cleavinger said.

      Parts of the Texas Panhandle have received triple the amount of rainfall just in May compared to all of 2014. For Cleavinger and his project this weekend of steady rain is exactly the doctor ordered. This will be the second year Cleavinger puts aside one acre of land, and donates nearly 15,000 ears of corn to Snack Pak 4 Kids.

      "We had just planted everything, it basically just fell at a good time," Cleavinger said.

      According to Cleavinger the last time farmers saw this amount of steady rain was in 2010. He said because of the drought the soil is really hard and dry, making it more difficult for it to become saturated, but the rain that fell for Memorial weekend, for the most part, did not cause flooding issues.

      "Now we have the sun that's going to follow the rain this week so it will be just perfect," Cleavinger said. "The weather pattern has definitely changed, and it has helped us all out."