“We’ve got adequate moisture. I won’t say we’ve got a lot, but we’ve got enough to get everything up and get it going. It will depend a lot on if we do get any rain in the next month or so, but right now we’re in pretty good shape. I think everybody can plant everything and get something up, if the wind will quit blowing some.”
Joe Wilder farms the Brazos bottom, and even though most of that area is can be irrigated, irrigation doesn’t solve all the problems of a drought.
“It’s not feasible. There’s no way in the world with the price of fuel and labor that we could do it and make a profit. Yeah, we’ve got the water, we’ve got an ample amount of water, but it costs so much to pump it.”
Farmers who can’t irrigate, or dry land farmers, normally plant early.
“What I’ve got that’s dry land, that will be the first that I plant. I think most dry land farmers are the same way. They try and get it in as quick as they can, where you know you have ample moisture to get it up and get it going.”
And as always, a dose of optimism doesn’t hurt.
“We had a year kind of like this. We went into the fall with not a lot of rain, you know, and on into the spring with very little rain, and we were able to plant and get everything up and I don’t remember whether it was in May or June, well it began raining, and we ended up with a tremendous year. So we got that to look forward to, you know.”
So as usual, our Brazos Valley farmers go into the new year hoping for that little bit of rain at the right time that can make a big difference on how their year turns out.