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- Rainfall offers hope and short-term relief
- AgriLife Update
Some areas of the Texas Panhandle, for instance, recorded 6 to 8 inches. Other farms received much less with some reporting fields that remain dry.
As drought along with other issues put pressure on existing water reservoirs, municipalities are scrambling to upgrade facilities and supplies, such as this 46 miles of 7-foot and 8-foot diameter pipeline the North Texas Municipal Water District laid from Lake Texoma to Wylie water conditioning facilities.
Rainfall around the Memorial Day holiday reminded a lot of Southwest farmers and ranchers what precipitation looks like.
And those rain events, some amounting to accumulations in excess of 10 inches, will help restore pastures, provide some planting moisture and restore a bit of hope for the coming growing season.
But, “and there are a lot of buts,” according to the latest Drought Monitor map, released this week by the Texas Water Development Board. “Widespread and deep rains brought some drought relief across much of the state,” the latest report said. “But reservoirs remain low. Exceptional drought is down 15 percentage points but 71 percent of the state remains in drought.”
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The report also noted that some reservoirs received needed inflow. “But statewide storage came up only 1 percent. The rains were welcome, but we need more.”
And those rains were not uniform. Some areas of the Texas Panhandle, for instance, recorded 6 to 8 inches. Other farms received much less with some reporting fields that remain dry.
George and John Guenther, Seminole, Texas, say one of their farms received 2 inches of rain. Others got none. They also report that temperatures this week are topping 100 degrees.
The Texas drought monitor shows 71 percent of the state remains in moderate to exceptional drought status. That’s down from 72 percent from last week, up from 68 percent three months ago and significantly better than the 88 percent rate from a year ago.