Recent Rain Too Late for Local Farmers

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - The record rainfall last weekend definitely helped replenish the lake levels but what did all of that rain do for local farmers?

Every day, farmer Andy Schumann wakes up and tends to his crops out in Midland County.

He has 350 acres of irrigated cotton and with the record rain, they're thriving even more than before.

"It's great for the farmers, it's great to finish out the irrigated crop that we've had growing," Schumann said. "It puts a smile on your face."

But it's a different story with his 1,300 acres of dry land cotton.

"We had good planting rain but not enough to carry the cotton through the summer months," Schumann said. "Just didn't have enough moisture to grow on."

Schumann said about 80% of his dry land crops wont even be harvested, making it tough to pay the bills.

Farmers all over the area are facing the same situation.

"We like rain anytime we can get it but it's always the next years crop, it seems like, on a farmer," Schumann said.

But even though the rain missed this year's crop, there is a silver lining.

"We're building up our underground moisture plus we're replenishing our water wells," Schumann said. "As of the pasture, we run cows. It's excellent to grow enough grass to go through the winter and maybe less feed cost."

For now Schumann and other farmers alike are looking up for rain until it's planting time again.

"Rain will brighten his day up and look forward to next year, trying to grow a new crop and a better one," he said.