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No relief in sight from drought

98 percent of state now suf fering from effects


Cattle, except for one strag gler, seek the afternoon shade on FM 90 8. Desp ite dr outh cattle pr ices have remai ned high this summer. 
Repor ter/ MIke Brow n Cattle, except for one strag gler, seek the afternoon shade on FM 90 8. Desp ite dr outh cattle pr ices have remai ned high this summer. Repor ter/ MIke Brow n Mila m Cou nt y growe rs are ge tting ready to harvest crops as what’s been termed the third worst drouth in state histor y continues with no signs of letting up.

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.


Corn continue s to be the cou nty’s largest crop, even as 100 -degree afternoons scorch the San Gabrie l River bot tom land. Corn continue s to be the cou nty’s largest crop, even as 100 -degree afternoons scorch the San Gabrie l River bot tom land. 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.



At lef t, recedin g stock ta nk doesn’t seem to concern gr azer. At lef t, recedin g stock ta nk doesn’t seem to concern gr azer.

Above, there’s still cotton to be found in Milam County, even in the severe drout h year of 201 1. Above, there’s still cotton to be found in Milam County, even in the severe drout h year of 201 1.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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