Severe weather causes East Texas farmers to restart this Spring

MT. SELMAN, Texas (KETK) — Farmers are finally able to tend their crops after severe weather that hit East Texas earlier in April caused some plants to drown.

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Tim Buckley with Buckley Farms in Mount Selman said he has been working hard to get their fields ready for the spring planting season.

“We’re planting cantaloupes, watermelons, okra, squash, cucumbers, peas and beans,” Buckley said.

This year started with delays that has only continued as severe weather rolled in earlier this month.

“Just this week, we’re able to get back in the fields and do something,” Buckley said.

After two years of praying for rain, East Texas farmers are saying the amount they have received is too much for their crops.

“We had some washouts from rain, we lost some plants here, nothing severe, just kind of digging out and trying to get dried out a little bit,” Buckley said.

Buckley said he had to start over in some of his fields to keep his vegetables and fruits going, but he isn’t letting that stop him from being optimistic about a good harvest.

“If we keep the weather that we are having. I think we’ll have a good year,” Buckley said.

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