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Count our blessings
by Chip Latcham
Aug 13, 2010 | 653 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What a difference a year makes.

We’ve heard that expression hundreds of times this year and verbalized it countless times more in regards to our unpredictable weather.

Here it is mid-August and everything, from fields and pastures to yards and gardens, is green, lush and tall.

Yesterday on the return trip from San Antonio, we encountered several good rain showers, and then again in downtown Beeville on the way home from work. According to the Experiment Station, we are more than 10 inches above our annual rainfall to this point in 2010.

And the biggest beneficiaries of this year’s wet weather have been the farmers and ranchers.

For the first time in a decade it seems, the farmers are going to have a fantastic crop.

“The corn looks good this year,” Troy Berthold said in Wednesday’s edition, “real good.”

“It helps to get rain,” Berthold said.

He, his family and fellow workers were combining and harvesting their fields in the Candlish community east of the city.

Bobby Schauer at Bee Agricultural Co. agreed. The aflatoxin numbers are low because the corn plants have not been stressed by dry conditions, and the price for this year’s crops are up.

The large bins at Bee Ag are filling up fast. “At least three quarters of the corn is in storage now and that figure could be as high as 85 percent,” Schauer said.

Berthold and Schauer said the corn has fared much better than this year’s grain sorghum (milo) crop. Although the milo harvest was huge, some varieties in the area suffered extensive sprouting when rains started to fall just at harvest time.

“The corn harvest was great,” said Jim Sugarek, farmer and manager of local John Deere dealership, South Texas Implement Co.” “It sure made up for the problems we had with the milo this year.”

Sugarek said all the corn should be out of the fields by the end of this week. All we need is some hot, dry weather to finish bringing in the crops, including cotton.

That, in turn, will greatly benefit the entire community, from the banks and feed stores to the restaurants and clothing, food and convenience stores.

South Texas is experiencing an economic boom, thanks to our vast resources and Generous Provider, who has blessed us with the showers we have been missing during the prolonged drought.
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