YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Rains don’t break drought, but still welcome
By Gene Hall
It’s easy to spot a farmer or rancher these days. They are the folks constantly craning their necks skyward to inspect every cloud, evaluating every puff of wind for a hint of moisture.
They shush the room when the weather report comes on TV. They twirl the radio dial for news of rain. All the weather sites are bookmarked on their smartphones.
Drought, an old enemy, is once again stalking Texas agriculture.
Recent rains have fallen in some spots that desperately needed it. It was not enough to break the drought and most received none at all.
About half of Texas is experiencing a significant drought event, and 138 Texas counties have burn bans in effect. Something to think about every time you strike a match.
Recent rains perhaps bought a bit more time to make a crop for some. Every drought ends at some point. Every rain brings hope it will happen soon.
The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.
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