By Justin Seward
The last large amount of moisture that was seen in Cypress County was back when the area saw that massive one-day snowstorm in November.
“We had a fairly mild, open winter,” said Dustin Vossler, Cypress County’s Agriculture Service Board chair.
“The moisture we got in November was excellent moisture, most of it went into the ground instead of running.”
Vossler said for sub-soil moisture, the county is looking quite good.
“We are going to need something to get everything started (going) here, so a good inch or two of rain or a nice wet snow would definitely put that top inch or two of moisture into the ground that we need to germinate seeds,” said Vossler.
Vossler says there seemed to not be a lot of runoff so far.
“I know in my area (Seven Persons/Black and White Trail) there hasn’t been barely any,” he said.
“Up in that Hilda/Schuler area, I know I was talking with a few guys up there and they said most of it is going in the ground up there as well instead of running off towards the dugouts. But moisture running into the ground isn’t a bad thing either, it’s just not terribly ideal for cattle.”
If the wind keeps up and heat, crops are just going to burn off and the county will not get any spring growth, he added.
Vossler said, “Watch your weather forecast. We don’t want to get into the field while the ground is still freezing or its getting below zero at night.”