White River Lake Rises
Cotton crop will benefit from rains
Published June 8, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
Over a three day period ending Wednesday early afternoon, Post’s primary water source received more rainfall than any other location in the region. White River Lake Resevoir received 5.22 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service in Lubbock.
City of Post's Mayor Thressa Harp told The Garza Post that the heavy rains increased the lake level by 1.5 feet. She added that further north close to Floydada, water was "flowing over Silver Falls into the lake's watershed which will further increase the rise in the lake." (Click to see graph of rainfall activity.)
The rainfall's timing was right for Garza County cotton farmers who "historically plant about 10,000 acres of irrigated cotton and 30,000 acres of dryland cotton," said Victor Ashley, County Executive Director of the Garza-Borden FSA office.
When asked what effect this week's precipitation will have on the cotton crop, he explained "any rain we get at planting time is a good thing. The final planting date for cotton in Garza County is June 10. All of the irrigated cotton in the county was probably planted before the rains. Most of the dryland cotton was planted before the rains, with only a few acres remaining to be planted. Cotton was beginning to emerge before the rains and now the rest should come up. A few acres around the playa lakes will probably fail because of flooding, but overall the moisture will be of great benefit to this year’s crops."
Post experienced almost two inches over the same 72 hour period causing flooding of some streets Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the residents at Lake Alan Henry were treated to 2.54 inches.
Close to home, certain communites received the following rainfall amounts over the same three day period: Ralls 3.63", Slaton 2.57", Jayton 2.10", Gail 1.14", Snyder 1.00" and Tahoka .35".
With the rain brought cooler temperatures this week. But, according to Wunderground.com, the weather source for The Garza Post, the chance of precipitation decreases through the weekend and the temps rise to 82 on Friday, 95 Saturday and 102 Sunday.
Weather information is available 24/7/365 just by clicking on the Wundergroud.com forecast link close to the top right side of each page on GarzaPost.com.
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