Recent rainfall helps Valley citrus

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:34am

It's been quite the weather change for the Valley these days, and that's great for the agriculture here - especially the citrus.

"Rain is good. And, you know, I mean, it's very beneficial," said Resaca Grove Farm co-owner Mike Pierce.

The hot weather we usually experience in the Valley tends to cause the salt in the soil to rise to the surface of the soil.

But, when citrus and other crops get too much salt, it can dry out the crop's root. That's why the rain is especially helpful.

"The rain pushes the salt down deeper," said Pierce. "Or, they refer to it sometimes as it leeches the soil, leaches that, uh, that salt out of the soil and that's beneficial. You know it gets it further away from the root system of the tree and that's very beneficial."

And while the rain is sustaining our citrus crops, the constant downpour may have an adverse affect on other crops.

Because the valley's been having a drought, many farmers consider the heavy rainfall to be a blessing. However, unlike grapefruit, some crops can't handle as much rain.

"Vegetable crops for example...the rain's good but if you get to much then it can drown the plant in the root system and then you've got a complete loss. And other crops too, I know that- it's a fine line between getting enough rain but not getting too much," said Pierce.

But for the most part, farmers are satisfied with any moisture, especially if it has a positive impact:

"The trees come out with new growth, new leaves come out on the tree, uh you know, everything just looks vibrant and healthy."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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