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Drought causes negative effects for Coastal Bend farmers

Posted at 11:30 PM, Feb 28, 2020

BANQUETE, Texas — The continuing drought is leaving farmers with negative effects on their crops.

In Banquete, near the corner of County Road 79 and Longoria Street, is where you can find farmer James Nemec planting his crops.

Nemec said he's been a farmer all his life, and at the age of 65, he's still truckin’.

“But if we catch a rain, in a week or two, it will start that seed," he said. "So it's up to the man upstairs to see what happens.”

Nemec said his property is not flat like many other farmers'; his land sits in beds, which he said gives his crops fair moisture. But others have it worse.

He said that he's hopeful to see rain because this will help give his crops life and sprout.

He also said he hopes for a wet March and April so, that way, he can make the moisture last through harvest season and he can continue to do what he loves.