Blame It On The Rain
Even as this is being written - on a Friday afternoon, October 23rd - the Northeastern quarter of Texas is under severe and heavy rain, with flash flood and thunderstorm warnings across several counties. Current weather predictions estimate these areas to maintain their rainy conditions over the next 4 days as hurricane Patricia stirs up an already boiling El Niño season.
Many farmers are rain-weary this year after torrential rains caused major flooding in early Spring. The rain was historic in size and volume and coming on the heels of several years of extreme drought, resulted in statewide flooding, billions in damage, county-sized home evacuations, and delaying - and in many cases preventing - planting of crops.
Industry watchers and market indicators clearly noted a significant delay in crop planting due to flooding and water-logged fields throughout the USA this year, with many farms caught at the last minute scrambling for a water-tolerant alternative to their scheduled crop or filing for unexpected insurance coverage, often missing critical deadlines.
Unfortunately, Texas Still Needs Rain
These latest rounds of rain come immediately after the latest drought map update showing much of the same areas of Texas are still in extreme drought.
The extreme drought that has persisted in Texas - along with much of the Southwest and Pacific West - has unfortunately not been vanquished by record setting rains in the Spring.
Over 15 million people continue to live in areas of severe and extreme drought.
Out of the Frying Pan and into the Ocean
Added to the hardships of farming in extreme drought is now the poorly-timed occurrence of heavy, flooding rain. Texas farmers - along with many farmers in the Corn Belt and Pacific Northwest - have had to contend with water logged fields, waterborne diseases in crops, and complications from flooding, stagnation, and weed infestations.
Fortunately, farmers from all over the United States and the World are working closely with the good people of TPS Lab. Founded in 1938, they have seen all of this and more in the over 75 years that they have been helping family farms and big growers adapt to and overcome the real world challenges of farming in an ever-changing world.
At TPS Lab they have the latest technology coupled with several decades experience of advancing agronomy and dealing with real life disasters. TPS Lab can clean up your water, cure your soil, and maintain your crops’ nutrition all the way through to harvesting bigger yields of higher quality crops at the end of the season.