Texas farmers look at replanting options

By Julie Tomascik

Too much. Or not enough.

It’s the never-ending challenge with moisture and agriculture.

And Mother Nature’s version of March Madness took a toll on some Texas farmers. Late winter and early spring rains were slightly unpredictable, devastating and just what the farmer ordered. Sometimes all at the same time.

But it’s the devastating part that really hurts.

Farmers across the state were in the field. Working long hours to get seeds in the ground. Praying for rain, sunshine and favorable growing conditions year-round.

Then the rains came. And came.

Fields were standing in water. Cold weather hit. And farmers now walk the fields inspecting the damage.

Some farmers in Central, South and East Texas are looking to replant. Figuring in extra costs and time.

They’re sharing photos of the damage on Twitter using #replant16.

It’s a tough outlook, especially with lower commodity prices. And one report forecasts tight financial situations for the next 10 years.

That’s a decade of low prices. Of stressful times. And falling farm income. Making it difficult to keep farmers on the land and even more challenging to bring young guns to the field.

But farmers are the eternal optimists. Putting their faith in the ground with each seed. And rolling the dice when it comes to moisture.

It’s the gamble of farming and ranching.

Julie Tomascik

Associate Editor
Texas Farm Bureau
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