POSTED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 11:20pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 1:12pm
TYLER, TX (KETK) - — October and November weren't kind to East Texas ranchers like Hayden Moore from Tyler.
But as December waned away, and January has taken off, the mood around the ranch has changed.
"We're feeling pretty good we got half inch of good slow rain so far, we got three inches in December which is more than we got in October and November, together, if we could get about two and a half inches of good slow rain, it would be beneficial to all the farming and agriculture in this area" Moore told KETK.
A benefit that keeps money in the ranchers' wallets.
"We get good grazing coming here, we can start saving a dollar, a dollar and a half a head per day. You feed a hundred head of cattle that's a hundred-fifty dollars a day, that's $4,500 a month it adds up pretty fast" said Moore.
And as the rains poor down here at the beginning of 20-13, that gives the ground time to stockpile it before the weather starts warming up.
"It soaks in the the soil it prepares the root's rye zone area, and gets you deep moisture, so you'll have moisture sustained in the summer" said Moore.
Texas farmers and ranchers have a long way to go before the state's conditions as a whole become favorable.
But 2013 is starting in the right direction.