Monday's moisture provides hope for spring crops
CLEARWATER, Kan. (KAKE) - It's a sound farmers love to hear, and they hope to make every inch their land receives of it, count.
"That's (rain) what we have to have to make a crop every year...," Michael Speer, a farmer in Clearwater, said. "I grow wheat... corn... soybeans... milo and cotton," Speer said.
Speer, a local farmer, says even as minimal as rain chances were last week, he was hopeful it would make a difference.
"It kind of put my mind at ease. I slept pretty good Friday and Saturday after that rain Thursday night into Friday. It was starting to get a little stressful with as dry as we had gotten," Speer said.
"The entire state has been in a drought... so this rain is fantastic," Jeff Seiler, an Extension Agriculture Agent for K-State Research & Extension in Sedgwick County, said.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, almost the entire state is dry.
So Monday's pitter-patter was welcomed.
"We definitely needed this. This was perfect timing for corn to get planted in a few weeks. Should have good moisture in the ground to do so," Speer added.
"Wheat is coming out of dormancy now. We may of had a little bit of moisture from those few snow ice events, but really in Sedgwick County those top couple inches had some moisture. As the wheat gets going, as it warms up, it would have used that up pretty quick, especially if was coming behind corn or soy beans," Seiler said.
Experts say there may be enough moisture to get corn out of the ground, but if we hadn't seen what we are seeing now, the growth of corn would have been slowed down.
"If we wouldn't have caught these rain events, we are getting now, the crop would have been delayed in its growth," Seiler said.
Getting the soil replenished from recent rains has been great, but it won't last farmers until the end of the year, more is needed, but it's a great start.