What is in this article?:
- Drought status mostly unchanged
- Hard hit area
Drought conditions across Texas showed little net change over the past week.
Though it may look like it, that isn’t an onion crop growing in this drought-stricken Medina County — it’s corn, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Uvalde. The pecan trees in the background may not be dead yet, but they’re close to it.
The good news is: Texas drought conditions didn’t get much worse last week. The bad news: conditions didn’t get much better either, according to the latest Texas Drought Report from the Texas Water Development board (TWDB).
“Drought conditions across the state showed little net change over the past week,” the latest report says. “Some areas saw improvement (Panhandle) from much-needed rains, while others experienced deteriorating conditions (portions of Central Texas, including Kerrville).
Texas AgriLife observers agree with the assessment for Central Texas. Robert Burns, in his weekly Texas Crop and Weather update, reports conditions in the Winter Garden area are worsening and growers are abandoning plans to plant traditional August crops such as cabbage.
“Little showers aren’t going to do it. We need a flood,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist Larry Stein, Uvalde, who works closely with vegetable, fruit and nut growers in the Winter Garden region.
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Losing that production could be a significant blow, not only to Texas producers and consumers, but across the country. The Texas Winter Garden region is one of the major U.S. production areas of irrigated vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, onions, cucumbers and melons, along with pecans. The region lies southwest of San Antonio and is comprised mainly of six counties, Medina, Uvalde, Dimmit, Frio, La Salle and Zavala, but also includes parts of Atascosa, Maverick and McMullen counties.