SAN ANGELO, Texas (KLST) – On Sunday, a rainfall record was broken in the Concho Valley with 1.92 inches recorded at Mathis Field. This puts us at almost two inches above average for this time of year. The National Weather Service says we’re seeing a cold, rainy season right now and it’s having a major impact on farmers and ranchers; both positively and negatively. One area farmer is taking the good with the bad because of the unusual rainfall amounts.
Rodney Ripple, local farmer, says, “With the rainfall comes its own problems and benefits. Of course, we like the rainfall, but when you have rainfall this often, it keeps us from getting in the field to get our work done.”
Ripple continues, “The excessive rainfall leeches out fertilizer — so what that means we may have to add more fertilizer as we go on. Typically this time of year we are running irrigation wells — center pivots, drip irrigation, everything — running wide open, but right now we’re wet enough that we can’t even get into where those fields are.”
While some farmers may be having issues with flooding, the rain is saving many ranchers money on feed while ponds are filling up for their animals to drink.
Concho Valley rancher Colton Bolf explains, “The recent rains have brought feed cost down on the cattle. We don’t have to buy near as much feed and the ponds are full. The cattle can drink from the ponds and we don’t have to have to worry about water near as much anymore, like we did last year and in the years past.”