Water Shortage http://southwestfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6261/more en Drought-free status noted on more than half of Southwest acreage http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-free-status-noted-more-half-southwest-acreage <div class="node-body article-body">Texas shows more than 70 percent of the state as drought-free.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-free-status-noted-more-half-southwest-acreage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-free-status-noted-more-half-southwest-acreage#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Thu, 21 May 2015 20:56:00 +0000 92521 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Weeks of heavy rain is preventing southwest farmers from performing needed fieldwork, but most say they appreciate the moisture.</p> Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife Farmers are asking if El Niño is here to stay, and when will the rains end http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/farmers-are-asking-if-el-ni-o-here-stay-and-when-will-rains-end <div class="node-body article-body">It's not very often that farmers and ranchers complain about the rain. For them, not only is water the essence of life, it is paramount to the success of their agricultural operations. But when is too much rain enough?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/farmers-are-asking-if-el-ni-o-here-stay-and-when-will-rains-end" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/farmers-are-asking-if-el-ni-o-here-stay-and-when-will-rains-end#comments Water Shortage Mon, 18 May 2015 20:57:00 +0000 92461 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>MUD keeps tractors idle. Farm equipment is idled as field work is shut down by the rains.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kay Ledbetter) Storm photos show stark beauty, property damage http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/storm-photos-show-stark-beauty-property-damage <div class="node-body gallery-body">The overall mood seems to be hopeful as soil moisture going into summer is the best it’s been for years.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/storm-photos-show-stark-beauty-property-damage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/storm-photos-show-stark-beauty-property-damage#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Thu, 14 May 2015 18:04:00 +0000 92401 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Steve Chapman, Lorenzo, Texas, snapped this stunning shot of lightning and starlight&nbsp; during recent storms.</p> Storm systems bring much needed moisture but some damage http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/storm-systems-bring-much-needed-moisture-some-damage <div class="node-body article-body">Across the state, the storms were a mixed blessing with most producers happy to have the moisture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/storm-systems-bring-much-needed-moisture-some-damage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/storm-systems-bring-much-needed-moisture-some-damage#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Wed, 13 May 2015 21:14:00 +0000 92381 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Vondee Reed salvages what she can from flooded J&amp;V Peanut Company in Seagraves, Texas.</p> (Photo courtesy of Koby Reed) Rainfall brings relief to drought-stressed Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/rainfall-brings-relief-drought-stressed-southwest <div class="node-body gallery-body">It’s pleasant to see picture of West Texas depicting something other than dust for a change.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/rainfall-brings-relief-drought-stressed-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/rainfall-brings-relief-drought-stressed-southwest#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Fri, 08 May 2015 18:12:00 +0000 92311 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Muddy fields are preventing field work across the southwest following heavy rains this pst week.</p> Rainfall across Southwest hailed as “million dollar rain” http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/rainfall-across-southwest-hailed-million-dollar-rain <div class="node-body article-body">Rainfall was widespread, according to reports across Texas and Oklahoma.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/rainfall-across-southwest-hailed-million-dollar-rain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/rainfall-across-southwest-hailed-million-dollar-rain#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Thu, 07 May 2015 18:59:00 +0000 92281 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>FIELDS RESEMBLE LAKES near Seagraves, Texas, following heavy rainfall early this week.</p> (Photo courtesy Wesley Butchee) Drought status improving consistently across Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-improving-consistently-across-southwest <div class="node-body article-body">“Since the middle of February, rains have added more than 2.2 million acre-feet of water to (Texas) reservoirs.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-improving-consistently-across-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-improving-consistently-across-southwest#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:49:00 +0000 92161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>More rainfall in Western Oklahoma.</p> Texas planting progress remains behind schedule http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-planting-progress-remains-behind-schedule <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Corn plantings were catching up from a week ago, with 56 percent of the crop planted compared to the five-year average of 66 percent. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-planting-progress-remains-behind-schedule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-planting-progress-remains-behind-schedule#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:31:00 +0000 92151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Fields, such as this one south of Edinburg, continued to have standing water and/or soggy soils, which limited field activities, according to Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service county agent reports.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Rod Santa Ana) Planting deadlines pass for South Texas farmers http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/planting-deadlines-pass-south-texas-farmers <div class="node-body article-body">According to the National Weather Service, rainfall amounts between 6 and 10 inches fell across wide areas of the Coastal Bend over the last two weeks .</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/planting-deadlines-pass-south-texas-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/planting-deadlines-pass-south-texas-farmers#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:24:00 +0000 92091 at http://southwestfarmpress.com North Texas into Rolling Plains remains drought-stressed http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/north-texas-rolling-plains-remains-drought-stressed <div class="node-body article-body">Drought conditions in Texas have improved by one percentage point from last week.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/north-texas-rolling-plains-remains-drought-stressed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/north-texas-rolling-plains-remains-drought-stressed#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:55:00 +0000 92081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Lake Lugert, near Altus, Oklahoma, remains far below normal as the area suffers through long-term drought.</p>