No relief in sight from drought
According to the U. S. Drouth Monitor, 98 per cent of Texas— all but a tin y sl ice along the Gul f Coast— is no w rep or ting severe drouth conditions.
One br ight spot is cattle price s, which are high . Some produc er s, however, are selling of f entire herds while many are thin ning herds.
The drouth ha s created some unique problems for ranchers. D r. Ro be rt Sprow le s of t he Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnos tic Lab or ator y said the re arerep ortsofthirs tycattle lit erall y drinkin g thems elves to deat h when the y are able to ge t water.
“The y ove r drink and then it happens prett y quick ly,” he said.
Ther e are wor se plac es to be th an Mi lam Count y. Ag fore - casters have already lab ele d this yea r’s corn crop “a fai lure” in the Panha ndle and Sout h Plains withgrainsorg hu m “questionable.”
Irrigat edcrop sapp earto be hanging on in ma ny places but t here hav e bee n re ports of growers aban don ing cor n crop s to divert water to cotton.
W h at ’s nex t? It c ould b e gras shopp ers as the su mmer goeson,according to ento- mologists.
The 2011 drouth is ranked as Tex as’ third worst ever, behi nd only the drout hs of 1918 and 1956.