South Texas Farmers Struggle In Record Drought

LYFORD (June 15, 2013)--While swaths of the state have recovered at least to some degree from the historic dry spell of 2011, farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are dealing with massive crop losses in which entire fields have been wiped out.

The entire region is in severe, extreme or exceptional drought and crop losses are mounting as insurance adjustors travel from field to field.

Agriculture officials predict losses of cotton, corn and grain sorghum crops could double the region's $50 million lost in 2006, though the claims are still coming in.

The National Weather Service says for a 30-month period ending in March, 30 inches of rain fell in the Rio Grande Valley, which was 8 inches less than the previous record holder in the 1950s.


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