Rains Too Late To Help Wheat Crop(Texas)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Julie Phillips
April 25, 2011

ABILENE, Texas — Storms brought damaging hail and lots of rain to the Abilene area Sunday, unfortunately the rains were too late to help this years wheat crop.
Right now, wheat is the main crop in the ground across the Big Country. The softball size hail that hit Abilene Sunday would have been devastating to any wheat fields they hit.
Unfortunately, with the severe drought we were facing there wasn’t much of the winter wheat crop left to damage.
“For the most part the rain was a little too late for the wheat crop in this area,” said Callahan County Extension Agent Jerry Warren.
The storms that brought needed rain to dry land were about a month too late to save the wheat crop. As of right now, no extensive damage to crops has been confirmed from the large hail that fell near Abilene.
“The wheat crop was almost gone anyway, the dry weather had pretty well wiped out the wheat crop,” said Warren. “It had very little value left.”
A lot of the wheat in the area is planted for grazing purposes through the winter months.

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