Burleson County Crops Looking OK, Despite Needed Rain

BURLESON COUNTY, Texas The sun is baking crops in the farming area along the Brazos River where farmers rely strictly on rain to water their crops.

News 3 discovered why farmers in Burleson County have their eyes looking to the skies.

Things are drying out in the un-irrigated parts of the Brazos Bottom in Burleson County as harvest season comes again.

"This year we in some way dodged a bullet with an extremely abnormal spring that delayed planting of the corn and cotton crops and with the super dry July... I'm pleased with the outcomes," said John Miller, PH.D., who works with local farmers everyday.

He's the President of Southwest Agribusiness Consulting near Caldwell.

While things appear brown and are drying out at first look we're told this corn crop did well.

"We look forward to getting this harvest over and getting some replenishing moisture in this winter and start all over," said Miller.

While early spring rains were welcomed, mother nature hasn't helped as much in July or August.

"I mean we were very fortunate to have some rains early on in last winter to put a little more moisture back in the ground and get us off to a healthy start anyway. We absolutely fared bettered than a lot of other areas in the state," he added.

A fair year for farming at least for this part of the Brazos Valley.

One of our local weather watchers, Don Beavers, who lives outside of Snook on County Road 270 tells us he's had 17.05 inches of rain this year.

That's about 2.75 inches behind from last year.

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