Be careful what you ask for, Butch Aycock. Just four months ago, in a piece about how a dry spell's turning to out-and-out drought, the Collin County farmer was in The Dallas Morning News fretting about evaporating stock tanks and withering wheat and about how he needed water pronto. But today, Aycock's the centerpiece of this Southwest Farm Press piece concerning the wacky winter weather and how his wheat and corn crops have suffered an unprecedented disaster. Among the reasons Aycock will only get a decent yield from just 300 of his 3,000 acres of wheat: late-season freezes and too much rain.
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"We've had 14 inches of rain since Easter Sunday," Aycock said. "They don't report that on the evening news, but that's what we pour out of our rain gauges. We had a lot of sidedress applications we needed that we just couldn't get done. We had too much rain to get into the fields. It's a big wreck."