West Texas crops go relatively unscathed after latest winter storm

Steve Verett, with Plains Cotton Growers, says West Texas will go relatively unscathed from the winter storm, compared to the rest of the state.

The freeze hit early enough in the year that cover crops are still young.

He's received some reports of burning on wheat and small grains, but not any of significance.

"Realistically, from most crop producers right now, there's not a whole lot of affect, other than just hopefully the accumulation of moisture is going to help with these drought conditions we're in," Verett said.

Verett says before boll weevil eradication, growers wanted a hard freeze.

He says for insects now, it's a toss-up if this kind of storm helps.

"But for the most part, from an agriculture perspective, other than our livestock folks, this is not anything harmful at all and some parts of it will be beneficial," Verett added.

He says the soil could have easily frozen five to six inches deep. But, as the ground thaws, the process will break up the soil - almost acting as a natural plow - which will be beneficial come time for planting.

"What happens with planting in late April, all of the month of May, is still going to be much more determined on what happens in mainly March and April both from a temperature and a rainfall situation," Verett said.

Verett says the storm hit livestock producers the hardest.

"These temperatures are not only hard on the cattle, but you know just having to work and be out, making sure water's available to them and they've got the feed and stuff. That presents some problems, especially when it's as extended as what it has been," Verett said.

While some in town have suffered from busted pipes or power outages, Verett says it's nothing compared to what's going on in Central and South Texas.

"When you visit with those folks, the minor inconvenience we might have of me getting my truck started in the morning, to make sure that it's going to be warm, pale in comparison to some of that. So, overall we feel very blessed to be in the shape that we're in," Verett added.

He says we need some average weather and spring showers to reach an optimal position for cotton planting.

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