Spinach is one of several Winter Garden crops dependent upon irrigation

Spinach is one of several Winter Garden crops dependent upon irrigation.

Outlook for Winter Garden vegetable irrigation less than wonderful

Winter Garden vegetable farmers remain optimistic about this year’s crop despite the drought, but hoped Hurricane Ingrid would turn north and bring in moisture from the Gulf to replenish water levels.

Winter Garden, Texas, farmers may have hoped to get a bit of moisture from Hurricane Ingrid, which has created problems for eastern Mexico, but moisture from the storm has been sparse.

Texas Winter Garden growers would have welcomed her with open arms, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist.


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Most years, hurricanes and tropical storms are a mixed blessing to South Texas, but this year, with reservoirs critically low, heavy rains could have made a big difference, said Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde.

One of the leading producers of irrigated winter vegetables in the U.S., the Winter Garden area has been particularly hard hit by the long-standing Texas drought, he said.

Read more about the dry conditions in this vegetable producing area here.


Drought articles of interest:

Drought to continue through rest of year

Drought conditions persist across Texas

Texas drought persists despite scattered rainfall

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