A LITTLE WATER is all that remains in the upper part of this stock tank.
BARE GROUND is all that’s visible over much of West Texas where cotton or grain typically grows this time of year.
BARREN ROWS are all that’s left in dryland fields in West Texas where not enough rain fell in the spring to germinate seed. Some estimates put abandoned dryland cotton acres at 2 million or more.
EVEN IRRIGATED crops are not thriving as usual in many West Texas fields, where a combination of heat, drought and high winds has limited moisture.
HOT, DRY DAYS, have taken a toll on West Texas cotton and other crops as the state endures the worst drought in history.
NO COTTON EMERGED in dryland fields.
NO FOOD OR WATER for cattle has forced many livestock owners to liquidate herds.
NOTHING BUT DUST accumulates in West Texas rain gauges.
NOTHING HERE. Still waiting for rain.
PARCHED PASTURES offer little for cattle to feed on.
STOCK TANKS are drying up rapidly.
THIN STANDS of cotton show the effects of a year-long drought.
WATER-SAVING NOZZLES placed close to the soil surface reduce evaporation loss and improve water penetration.
SouthWest Farm Press