Farmers Say Rain is Answer to Prayer, Literally

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Friday afternoon, farmer Barney Homeyer braved the biting wind to check his rain gauge.

"Yeah, its two-and-half," said Homeyer.

Its been awhile since Homeyer has seen this much rain.

"Since last May."

Until this week, his 700 Burleson County acres- and the entire state of Texas- were in the middle of a drought.

"In all my life, I never had it this dry," said Homeyer.

A problem because Barney had to plant his corn soon in order for it to be federally insured.

"We wanted to get it planted and took a chance and dry planted a lot of it."

Homeyer isn't the only one who took a leap of faith, hoping that despite almost a year without rain, his fields would look wet, like they do now.

"You gotta have a lot of faith in this business."

He said the rain is an answer to prayer, but not just his prayer. Last weekend, Barney and 200 others met at the Burleson County Courthouse to pray for rain, umbrellas and all.

"It was very well attended so you know how bad a shape people are in."

Now just days later, Homeyer is leaving footprints this time in the mud, not the dust.

"I know there's a lot of farmers smiling today."

Some are also looking to the sky with thanks.

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