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Weekend Rain Has Farmers Overflowing with Joy

<font size=2> <P>Rains this weekend were certainly a welcomed sight for Texoma farmers.</P> <P>Fruits, vegetables and wheat crops were in desperate need of moisture and that moisture came in the form of showers from a higher power.</P> <P>But was it enough?</P> <P>Mechell Dixon spoke with some farmers to find out?</P></font>

As dry as Texoma has been, rain Thursday, Saturday and Sunday was welcomed with open arms by farmers.

And the amount of rain that fell was enough to have them overflowing with joy.

This winter wheat field off FM 367 in Wichita Falls is reaping the benefits from some recent rain.

"It was a wonderful rain. We had to have it come just right. Overnight, it growed," says Jesse Flick, a Wichita County wheat farmer.

Puddles can still be seen from rain that fell Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

"I've heard as little as just over half an inch to a producer had an inch and a half. In my rain gauge, we had almost an inch and a half. So, this was a good rain," says Wichita County Extension Agent Fred Hall.

Farming experts were thrilled the area received slow, steady showers.

"We have a clay based soil and it tends to be a slow based percolating and the moisture takes longer to run through. If it comes really fast, what will happen is, it will form little tricklets that will take the water down hill and it just doesn't have time to absorb," explains Hall.

But recent rains did have time to absorb several inches into the ground... posing a big benefit for peach and other fruit bearing trees, as well as winter wheat crops.

"Thirty percent of our wheat looks to me to be in excellent condition. Over 70 percent appears to be good or excellent. So, we're so much better than we were a year ago," says Hall.

While the rain helped area crops, farmers say more of it is needed.

And that more could come later this week.

However, the amount that falls and where it lands remains to be seen.

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