Weather in 2009 changed rapidly
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COLLEGE STATION — Drought, flood, fluctuating energy costs, high feed costs, low milk prices — 2009 was a challenge for many Texas producers.

Nearly all of the state's agriculture was adversely affected by atypical weather during the year; some areas fared better than others.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service district administrators summed up the year in agriculture for their regions.

EAST: (Shelia Lewis, Overton)

This year was very wet after a 2-month drought during peak hay production time.

The early drought created challenges for hay producers, cattle producers and farmers. Later, untimely rains impacted field work and the harvest of hay and other crops.

High temperatures in June made it difficult for some vegetable growers, but the rains proved to be beneficial for the establishment of winter pastures.

Other issues affecting the district were the infestations of armyworms and low cattle prices. Not all counties in the district welcomed the rain. Marion County, for example, had 85 inches of rain in 2009.

The excessive rain eroded pastures and filled ponds to overflowing. Feral hogs continued to plague farms and small towns alike, rooting up pastures and creating driving hazards on rural roads and city streets.
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