2011-07-21 / General Stories

Drought Impacting Entire State

One of the worst droughts in the state’s history deepened, with nearly 98 percent of the state in one stage of drought or another, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

More than 90 percent of the state was suffering from extreme to exceptional drought, according to the monitor’s most recent report on July 5.

In many areas, irrigators were experiencing severe drawdown of aquifers — pumping only air in some cases. Producers in other regions were abandoning corn in order to have enough water to save cotton.

“In most parts of the state, dryland crops have completely failed, but there were a few success stories, though they may only seem like wins by comparison to the rest of the state,” said Dr. Dan Fromme, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist for the Coastal Bend area.

Nearly all the corn, grain sorghum and cotton crops in the Coastal Bend area are dryland, according to Fromme.

In Central Texas, the region remains very dry. Livestock producers are culling herds because of shortages of forage and hay. Stock-water tanks are getting low.

More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http:// agrilife. tamu.edu/ drought/. (Reprinted from http://agrilife.org/ today/ 2011/ 07/ 12/ texas- cropweather 12/).

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