Rains Continue to Stall Planting Preparations

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After the drought we experienced in 2011 became the new drought of record, many vowed to never complain about rain again. The constant rains we’ve experienced since September and into the New Year have stalled preparations for 2019 planting and have caused some farmers at the very least to wish for a little dry spell. Walter Vajdak grows dryland corn and cotton in Burleson County.

“Every time it gets just about dry enough where maybe we could do a little something, here comes a little more rain and that’s all it takes to stop us because the ground is so saturated from all this rain over a period of time. It’s just kind of hard to get anything done. We’re not getting anything done.”

Vajdak says right now excessive moisture is keeping him from getting the 2019 crop underway.

“Normally by this time we have the stalks shredded and we’ll go in and disk or something of that sort to get the ground broke up and then we’ll probably have herbicide put out by now to try and help with the winter weeds that give us problems in the spring that hurts you or slows you down in the planting operation.”

Every day that passes without being able to do any field work causes Vajdak to make adjustments to how he normally would get this year’s crop planted.

“We’re just kind of waiting and trying to make plans on what we need to do or how to go about getting things done to get the next crop in the ground which is coming around pretty fast. We’re in the middle of February now and corn planting time is right around the corner so we’re kind of debating on what to do and how to do it and probably some of these things that we normally get done are probably going to have to be skipped over and not done and maybe not do quite as much tillage because of the time element and hopefully with good weather conditions it can all work out but we’re going to have to have a little help.”