CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico has been very dry the past few years, but has last week's rain make up for it?
The fields at Wagner Farm in Corrales have almost dried up since the heavy rainfall, but the rain has left its mark, with taller plants and more chile.
Farmers say the chile plants have grown about six inches this past week and currently stand at four feet tall.
Chile can also be seen sprouting. In total, there is about 10 percent more chile because of the rain.
Another positive effect from the rainfall is the early ripening of chile, in time for peak chile season.
In total, this month has given us over 3.35 inches of rain (measured at the airport) and most of that came down in the past five days.
Meteorologist Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service says that the state has gotten so much rain that it has erased our precipitation deficits at the beginning of the year.
However, New Mexico is still in a drought.
For now, farmers say the rain was a welcome change.
“We haven't had to irrigate. We've been short on water this year because of the drought...we ran out of water, our fields were needing this water," Jimmy Wagner of Wagner Farms said. "So this rain really came at the right time."
Wagner says this amount of rain was just perfect and any more rain will just cause damage to the crops.
Even now, the muddiness has made it more difficult to navigate in the fields.
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