As parts of Texas begin to pick up a bit of rain here and there, some areas, particularly the Panhandle, continue to face dire drought conditions with ratings still extreme or exceptional.

In early April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

The rest of the state remained largely dry, receiving from a trace to 0.5 inch, which did little to stop the further encroachment of severe to extreme drought in some areas.

According to the April 1 U.S. Drought Monitor summary, nearly 67 percent of the state remained in one stage of drought or another.

Dale Dunlap, AgriLife Extension agent in Wheeler County, reported that dryland wheat farmers were already bringing in crop insurance adjusters. In some areas, irrigated wheat was suffering from moisture stress as well.

Intensifying drought stirs up dust

Herbert Sprague, AgriLife Extension agent in Lipscomb County, reported wildfires burned approximately 10,000 acres the past three weeks.

Throughout the Panhandle, high winds and extremely dry soils meant farmers had to fight wind-blown soil erosion.

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