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Recent Rain a 'Mixed Blessing' for Some Local Crops

While Memorial Day rain was a blessing for some farmers, others are dealing with seedling disease and replanting.
By Michaela MacDonald
mmacdonald@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- June 5th is a big deadline for farmers, its the insurance deadline for planting cotton. But some farmers call the recent heavy rain a bit of a mixed blessing. 

Blayne Reed with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Hale County says about 30% of planted acres in in Hale County and 70% of planted acres in Swisher county are at serious risk for non-establishment because of cool temperatures and seeding diseases that came with the rain.  Many farmers are now in a scramble to replant before the deadline

"We were very well blessed with good rains across Hale and Swisher County this memorial day weekend,  unfortunately there's some down sides to that," said Reed, IPM for Hale and Swisher Counties.

"A lot of our cotton, across especially Plainview north was germinated and in the ground then we received that wonderful rain, which also dropped our temperatures down for about five days and in that damp environment allowed a lot of seedling disease to take hold, delayed emergence on our cotton. We had some wire worms sub-soil pests on our seedlings. We are having a tough time getting some crops established," said Reed.

Reed says while the rain jeopardized some of the cotton crops, it did wonders for grain and sorghum.
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