How Did the Rainiest August in 100 Years Affect Texas Crops?

The rain broke the Texas drought, but it could also be too much of a good thing.

By Michael MarksSeptember 1, 2016 11:29 am

A rainy month for most of us means keeping an umbrella handy and thinking ahead about our choice of shoes for the day. But for Texas farmers, rain means much more. It’s part of their livelihood. In a month like this last August – the rainiest August in Texas in over 100 years – the rain can be a miracle or a curse to Texas agriculture.

Larry Stein, a horticulturist at Texas A&M University, says there are negatives and positives to this amount of rain.

“For the most part I would say the rain was very beneficial,” Stein says, “just to everything – to break the drought cycle on a lot of these other fields.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Which crops have benefitted from the rain and which are suffering

– The benefits of heavy rain seasons

– How weather affects farmers