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Local Cattle Producers Thankful For Rain

July rainfall digging cattle farms out of drought conditions that have been building for years.

This week's downpours created flooding issues in De Soto Parish but the rainfall was just what was needed in other areas of the ArkLaTex. 

                Marty Wooldridge, President of the Caddo Parish Farm Bureau produces cattle on his farm near Mooringsport. He says the month of July started with a dire outlook. "Ten days ago it was very hot, it was getting very dry, we were at a point that if something didn't happen with some rain pretty soon, we were starting to think it would be like it was last year."

                Last year Shreveport registered .92 inches of rain through July 11th. Things started slowly this month but over the past week some rain gauges have tallied over 5 inches in Caddo Parish. The water has refilled ponds on Wooldridge's land and will help him make a second cutting of hay on his property. Last year heat and drought prevented a second cutting. "This is one of those things that make you breathe easy, not only is the grass green, we're not worried about brush fires and wild fires like we were last year," he explains.

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