Snow field

About 7 inches of snow blanketed our area this weekend.

While bringing fun to families in a difficult time, it was especially appreciated by our farmers in the middle of a drought.

Rex Kennedy, a cotton grower, says this time of year farmers will accept any kind of moisture they can get.

"To catch this snow right now, it's a real blessing for all of us. We are in such a drought situation. We couldn't hardly do anything. Literally, if you drove your pickup out in the field you were worried the dirt was going to start blowing," Kennedy said.

The snow will give the land enough moisture that it won't blow when farmers start using equipment to prepare it for the next season.

"Snow is, in some ways, even better than a rain. It doesn't run off as bad. It all soaks in very slow," Kennedy added.

He says many farmers around Lubbock have gone to planting cover crops.

Kennedy is using winter wheat and the water from the snow melting will help germinate it.

"This should, once it melts off and we get a little bit warmer weather, we'll probably start seeing wheat coming up and getting our cover crop established," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says more rain is needed to make a cotton crop, but this heavy snow event gives him some hope.

That planting will start at the earliest in late April, but usually begins mid-May.

"With cotton prices being up a little bit, to give us the hope and the chance that we'll be able to actually plant and get a crop up and going, that gives all of us some optimism," Kennedy said.

The winter months don't mean farmers get a break.

Kennedy says preparation is vital before planting season.

"All this time of year, though it's not as hard-pressed, we are fixing repair daily," Kennedy said.

The Texas Water Development Board's drought map for conditions as of January 5th, shows the largest one-week improvement since September 2018.

With additional moisture since then, the board expects next week's map to be even better.