Farmers worry as parts of Texas are driest in US
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Drought conditions in Texas are keeping
farmers from planting crops, forcing cattle producers to cull their
herds and drying up lakes across the state.
Despite being soaked by three hurricanes last year, a recent
Drought Monitor map shows that almost 97 percent of the nation's
No. 2 agricultural state is experiencing some drought.
Parts of central Texas and the Hill Country are facing
exceptional droughts -- making them the driest regions in the
country. A Texas AgriLife Extension Service spokesman says with
bone-dry soil there's nothing for farmers to plant on.
But the parched state could be lapping up rainfall in the coming
months. Forecasters say it appears the La Nina weather pattern
that's kept Texas dry may be breaking up.