The Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service has been collecting springtime soil temperatures for many, many years. The practice began decades ago when acres and acres of cotton were planted each year in Chaves County. Since cotton requires warm soil temperatures to germinate, temperatures were collected each morning from numerous areas around the county so farmers would know when the soils were warm enough to plant. Gardeners are also interested in spring soil temperatures in order for rapid germination of their planted seeds.
The Extension Office has relied on volunteers from throughout the county to collect early-morning soil temperatures and call them into the office. Those daily temperatures are averaged and sent to the local media. Now, with the technological advances that we have today, the temperatures are also posted daily on our website.