Latest rain offers hope for dryland farmers

CNJ staff photo: Lili Castillo David Sanchez of Clovis reaches to cover his daughter Juliana’s face from the rain as he puts her in the vehicle in the parking lot outside Hastings entertainment store on Wednesday.

CNJ Staff

The month of May continues to be the wettest month so far this year and brings much-needed relief for agriculture.

The Clovis area received about .74 inches of rainfall between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Accuweather Meteorologist Bob Klug. The year to date total rainfall is 1.99 inches, Klug said.

The area received about an inch of rain a week ago and more rainfall is expected throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Clovis received about a half-inch of rain from January to April, according to the service.

The recent rains came just in time for summer crops, according to Curry County Ag Extension Agent Stan Jones.

Jones said the moisture today will help farmers planting milo, corn and cotton.

“The dryland farmers, which is probably two-thirds of our land in Curry County that’s farmed, this (rain) will give them an opportunity to at least plow some ground and have a chance to possibly plant milo now,” he said.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Drozd said a shift in jetstream patterns in the state allowed cooler air from the northern part of the country to come down. He said he expects warmer temperatures by the end of the week.

“Over all this will be the cooler part of the month,” he said.

Thursday’s forecasted high is in the mid-60s with possible scattered rain showers in the evening, according to Drozd.