Winter rains & farmers

By Barak Shapiro – bio|email

Dixie, La (KSLA) – Many areas across the Ark-La-Tex are still in a drought. Several locations ended 2010 20+ inches of rain below normal.

This past weekend did bring well needed rain.  Some spots received over 3 inches. You can still see signs of that activity from the left overs hanging around.  Many ditches are still filled with water.

The clouds continue to fill the skies and patches of green are showing up in harvested crop areas.

According to Doug Crain, who grows cotton, corn and soy beans in Dixie, Louisiana, this rain is good. "It'll help fill the low water tables and the bayous," said Crain.

However, Crain says this rain will have no immediate impact on his business.  He says he uses this time of year to check up on his equipment and do things like change the oil and make needed repairs.

Crain says he'll start planting in fields in March, and he'll need the rains around May 25th and July 15th. Good rains will help an ear of corn fill up while dry weather will yield small ears of corn.

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