A CLOUD OF DUST blows away from a tractor cultivating on the Texas High Plains.
CRACKED EARTH is an indicator of how dry soil conditions are in the Texas Southern Plains, where many communities have received no significant rainfall since last July.
DUST DEVILS spin by the dozens across fields near Lubbock, Texas, in mid June as a prolonged drought grips the region.
IRRIGATED COTTON is up in many West Texas fields, but without rain and abated winds irrigation systems will be hard-pressed to keep up with moisture demand.
PARCHED PASTURELAND means many ranchers are liquidating cattle herds this summer.
RED SKIES from blowing dust limit visibility across the Texas Southern Plains as almost constant winds move over recently planted fields.
SCRAGGLY STANDS of small grains dot the West Texas landscape.
STOCK TANKS across Texas are drying up under relentless heat, prolonged drought and near continuous winds.
SHEETS OF DUST sweep across West Texas fields.
SPARSE GRAZING means cattlemen are either providing supplemental feed or liquidating herds this spring.
WINDMILLS CLANK AND CLATTER trying to keep up with water demands on many rangeland areas across West Texas.
YOUNG COTTON in irrigated fields is up to a good stand but is vulnerable to blowing sand and potential moisture stress if wells and systems can’t stay ahead of heat, winds and drought.
SouthWest Farm Press
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