Thunderstorms provide ample water

Water

Severe weather in the Concho Valley can mean a lot of additional water. This in turn can directly impact local farmers. In some cases having too much rainfall can be as detrimental to agriculture as a serious drought, as farmer and rancher Steven Hoelscher explained in a recent interview with KLST and KSAN News.

“Here in Concho Valley we look at the rainfall and sometimes we get very complacent,” said Hoelscher. “We get too much rain at the wrong times when its harvest time and also we get not enough rain when it’s in our growing season and our prime season. You do not want to put seeds in when you really have adverse weather. Our seed costs, our equipment hours, everything cost money so you don’t lose that crop just because it gets washed away or beat in the ground by hail.”

To combat the issues of erosion and retention, farmers plan their crop selections according to the forecast. “Corn is pretty tough,” Hoelscher elaborated. “It’ll come up if it’s still relatively cold. Grain sorghum, a little more temperamental, and we do plant some watermelon from cantelope in the area. That plays a very big part in those, those seeds do not have the stamina.”

Most local farmers will take steps to ensure a proper balance of water retention versus drainage in their fields. If they don’t, their costs can rise due to equipment usage and seed replacement. Some farmers, like Hoelscher, diversify between crop farming and livestock ranching to help reduce the impact of severe weather.

To learn more about the impacts that water saturation can have on soil and crops, click here.
 



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