By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX--- Local farmers are thankful and taking advantage of the above average rainfall totals. Many farmers are hopeful for a much better harvest this year, but some say they still have a long way to go.
So far the Lubbock area has recieved 11.18 inches of rain this year and 2.45 from the month of July. Farmers say compared to recent years, the difference is "like night and day" being able to successfully grow cotton.
Many farmers who had to add crops like sorgum to make up for losses were able to grow all cotton again this year.
But even with rain averages above average -- farmers say they could still use more.
"We're going to need a good open fall. We've got the potential, we just need mother nature to cooperate and give us that good open fall. And good harvesting conditions and good maturing conditions," says Dr. Mark Kelley with Texas A&M Agrilife Research Center.
Many farmers are already starting to see some of their crops bloom.They say depending on weather, this year has the potential to see the best crop in the last 3 years.