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Yesterday KBest Media received 1.2 inches of rain as a result of the thunderstorms on Tuesday. Mike Moates, County President for the Howard County Farm Bureau visited the station to tell us about the benefits of a rain like this in August.


"The benefit for the crops in August is that the cotton was ready for drinking. It needed that so it can go ahead and put it's fruit on and mature out and give us a chance to have a cotton crop."


This year harvesting will begin at the end of October and early November however that is still dependent on the weather. If the weather becomes dryer, Moates says that the cotton will burn up and it would open up quicker. This would cause farmers to the defolinate the cotton to get it out quicker.


Moates has been with the Howard County Farm Bureau from over 25 years. The areas that the organization serves are Glasscock County, Reagan County, and Howard County. Moates says that one of the ways of the organization serves the communities is by conducting youth programs, his favorite is "Ag in the Classroom", which is designed for Howard County 5th graders.


He also went on to say, "A lot of the kids out here have never seen farming and ranching aspects of what goes on. We have one trailor that comes in and shows them all of the byproducts we get off of our animals and grain and our cotton and our things like that."


Moates says that he hopes that they can educate the kids about how important farming and ranching is to Big Spring.

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