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March rain pours out soil troubles

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -  April showers may bring May flowers, but our current lack of sunshine and daily rain are impacting local farming and planting.  Those involved in agriculture are having a tough time dealing with the rain-soaked grounds."Many places many landscapes.  You'll see standing water," shared Angelina County Extension Agent Cary Sims.

All along the grounds surrounding the Angelina County Agrilife Extension Office, the muddy signs of March showers are very evident.

"We can also see also where vehicles have been driving and they created ruts in the soil and those ruts are going to go away...it's going to damage that area," Carey said.

Pear trees around the extension office are not the only things blooming, So are the problems with the standing water causing soaked top soil.

"Right now it's too much," Carey said decidedly.  "We always appreciate the rain. We'd rather have too much rain than too little, but this rain right now has slowed us down in our spring activity getting ready for our spring gardens and crops."

Sims also says the latest available rain totals recorded at the Angelina County Airport show 7.36-inches for January and 1.31-inches for February, which is close to figures in 2011-the year of the Texas drought.

But this month's rain has moistened the ground so much that it's bad.

"Working the soil when it is too wet can damage it," Sims warned.  "It can break up the soil structure." 

The showers is also drying up potential profit for business at the Lufkin Farm Supply & Nursery.

"The grass is a little slow in getting started," said George Woods, owner/operator of Lufkin Farm Supply & Nursery.  "It kind of hurts us in a way because we sell fertilizer, herbicide to kill the weeds and grasses and all that.  But the grass is wet. It's cold. It's not growing."

However, Woods says it is what it is when it comes to dealing with Mother Nature. 

"They're forecasting-from what I've seen-wetter than normal…and it's gearing up to be just that," Wood said with resolve.

So gear up…with an umbrella and patience, Wood says this East Texas weather can change on a dime.

But for those of you who can't wait to get your gardening on, Woods says an "above ground garden" maybe a way to go for now… until the some begins to shine a little more consistently.


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