Recent showers have provided a boost for both plants and the spirits of area farmers that had been deflated by a record-breaking drought.
“It’s 100 times better than last year, or it seems like it. It’s starting out good,” said Tom Verstuyft, who grows vegetables, corn, grain sorghum and other crops in south Bexar County and Uvalde County. “In South Texas, it’s all about the water.”
But not everyone shared his cheerfulness since not everyone had gotten as much rain as San Antonio. J Carnes, whose family has been raising vegetables, corn, cotton and other commodity crops in the Uvalde area for generations, said rain there had gotten the ground moist but had no effect on aquifer levels. He expects to plant fewer commodity crops this spring so that he will have more irrigation water available for vegetables.