Has the recent moisture helped our drought conditions?
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:25:00 GMT —
Drought conditions have decimated the Panhandle over the last year, but in recent days, we have received a little rain and good amount of snow.
However, the big question is, was it enough to pull us closer to getting out of this record drought?
While any kind of moisture is always a positive these days, unfortunately Sunday's snow and the recent showers weren't enough to declare they were drought busters.
With the situation we're in right now, the recent moisture we got may not be enough to make up for lost time.
"We're still in some severe instances where moisture is definitely going to be needed as we go forward, while the snow and the recent rainfalls we've seen in the last few months have help as the wheat continues to come out of dormancy, at the end of this month and on into march, some ample moisture will be beneficial and needed," said Texas Wheat Producers Executive Assistant, Kody Bessent.
Was it enough to put a dent in what we need to pull us out of the drought?
"We were around 90 percent of normal precipitation conditions for the last three months in 2011, now that we're in 2012 for the last three months we're around 14 percent of normal, so that shows you the difference of how much it's going to take to get us back to normal, it's quite substantial."
One good thing the snow did was to provide cover to insulate some of the crops to reduce the potential for a winter kill.
Bessent says unfortunately the snow wasn't as beneficial as some people would've liked it to have been.
"It wasn't there very long, today, with the high winds and high temperatures that it melted off, it didn't allow a substantial amount of time for that moisture to actually soak into that soil, had it been there for a few more days it probably would've been more ample time."
He says when it comes to rain or snow, the slower it comes or the longer it stays on the ground, the better.
"Fortunately we've had some ample showers, but it will take some more moisture as this crop comes out of dormancy and goes into the rest of flowering and harvest stages and hopefully we'll get that."
Bessent went on to say that, with the current rainfall numbers and the outlook for rain this summer, it may be too late for this year's wheat crop, but it will hopefully mean better things for next year's seeding crop.