Farmers Hope Rain Comes Their Way

July 11, 2006 -- Posted at 9:24 p.m. CDT

REGION 8 -- Farmers all across Region 8 are having a hard time catching a break from Mother Nature.

In some areas it's been over a month since they've seen a significant rainfall.  Some crops received some relief on Monday, while others are still waiting on the rain.

Lance Cissell and his dad have a farm in Dyess in Mississippi County.  He says the lack of rain this year has been very hard already.

"We've been waiting on this rain.  We kept hearing it was coming, but we haven't gotten it here, so we started back with the water," said Cissell.

However, there are others who did get the rain.

"We probably got over an inch, and this will hold us over until, maybe, Monday," said Cliff Carter, Jr.

Cliff Carter, Jr., and his family own a farm in the Greene County community of Marmaduke where rain did fall on Monday.

"We've been running wells and pumping rice, cotton, and soybeans.  With fuel at $2 a gallon, it's just been a blessing to be able to shut the wells off," said Carter.

Cissell said high fuel prices have kept him from running his wells as much as he should.

"We've experienced drought, we've experienced flood... we have just gone from one extreme to another.  If we could get a rain right now it would be so beneficial.  We haven't seen a rain in about a month, and if we were to get one it would make a huge difference in yields," said Cissell.

More often than not, dark clouds are just a cruel tease from Mother Nature for farmers.

"We see a cloud coming and we get excited, but it just goes on by," said Cissell.

Carter said getting the rain now is very important to the development of the crop.

"It can be the difference between 20 bushel acres of soy beans and 40 bushel acres of soy beans," said Carter.

Even if they've recently received rain, all farmers in Region 8 will continue to keep an eye on the sky.