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Rain dampens drought conditions - Despite some spurts of rain within

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JIM WILLIAMS
Staff Writer
Waxahachie - Despite some spurts of rain within
the past two weeks, including a fairly decent dousing of the county seat Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26, moderate drought conditions still exist in Ellis County.

'We're not out of the woods yet,' said Gary Stanford, county extension agent. 'We need additional moisture.'

As of Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, Stanford said the county had received 1½ inches of rain over the past couple of spells.

However, he said there had been a 3/10 of an inch per day evaporation rate.

'We need a rain to be about two inches to make a big difference,' Stanford said.

He said the county was in better shape at this time this year compared to this time in 2000 because of more timely rains this past June.

'We're in a weather pattern where we have rain in
the spring and fall, and a hot, dry and windy July and August,' Stanford said.

He said the wind is what really aided in the evaporation process.

Rain had been in the forecast this week.

In a 6-10-day outlook extending to Sept. 5, above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures were predicted for north central Texas, including Ellis County.

'That's the encouraging part this year compared to last year because last year at this time we weren't getting rains,' Stanford said. 'The moisture thing can change.'

He said normally the next rains would come in the last part of September, which was not considered a big rain month.

Stanford said farmers had experienced a short corn crop this summer. He said soybeans were about average.

'The cotton crop is going to be a little better than average,' he said.

Stanford said some of the cotton would be prepared for harvest as early as this Labor Day holiday weekend.

'Hay has been a little off. Grazing has improved,' he said.

Stanford said due to a more rocky region and not as deep of soil, the western part of the county had run out of stock water.

He said some stock tanks were shallow in the eastern part of the county.

'They haven't been as good as in the past,' Stanford said.

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