East Texas Farmers Battered by Dry Spring (Posted By Mike Mecke)

While many Texas ranches and farms enjoy a wet, green spring and other areas are presently flooding, the eastern part of the state suffers from drought.  Drought is always just around the next corner in Texas – something that most urban or city folks fail to recognize.  In some areas, both cities and smaller towns, leaders and developers constantly push for more growth, more thirsty lawns, more water slurping golf courses and never think beyond tomorrow!

Our state was fairly small in population when the terrible “Drought of Record”, running from the late 40′s thru 1957, occurred.  With our huge population and projected doubling by 2060, what would happen if we had another five to seven or eight year severe drought?

It would hit us more quickly and harder.  Just as the recent two year Central Texas drought did.  Keep this in your mind when your town or city starts yelling for more growth – will you have the water for them?  From where – at what environmental, community and economic costs?  Will area irrigators and farmers have to go out of business to provide that water?  Does your community want to trade vital agricultural businesses and families for new subdivisions?  Do you want to depend upon China or Mexico or other countries for our food?

Forecast looks gloomy for fruit, cattle growers because of dry conditions.

By Chad Thomas

TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH

Sunday, June 6, 2010

TYLER — Plumes of dust billowed out from under the wheels of Darren Rozell’s tractor as it rumbled across a stretch of thirsty dirt at his orchard.

Like many agricultural sites throughout East Texas, Rozell’s land just northwest of Tyler has gradually dried out during the past two months, and as much as 60 percent of his fruit crop — which includes peaches, blackberries and plums — could be lost this season because of a lack of moisture. Read more »