Apr 16, 2013 2:53 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Local farmland here in Nueces County is dehydrated, due to a lack of rainfall. Experts say we need nearly a foot of rain immediately just to salvage what has been planted this season.
Water is a natural resource so many rely on, especially farmers who count on the rain to help grow crops here in the county. As Doctor Dan Fromme of Texas Ariglife Research and Extension Center says without water things don't look good.
"The number of bad years that we've had so close together, we're kind of comparing it to the 1950's drought," Dr. Fromme said.
That was the year Nueces County only saw 15 inches of rain, about half of our normal annual rainfall. Dr Fromme says we are approaching another dry spell just like that.
"The forecast for rainfall at this time looks very bleak for the next 3-6 months so at this time we really don't have any relief in sight," he added.
Even at the center, researchers have a drip irrigation system to help hydrate the crops because they're not counting on rain anytime soon.
Dr Fromme says according to data, this is the lowest rainfall in Nueces County since 1961, only 2.5 inches of rain has fallen in a 6 month period. He says it's not looking any better from here.
"It would take in some places 9 to 10 inches just to fill up the soil profile which is where we like to be at springtime where we can make a good yield," Dr. Fromme said.
At this point, he says only 10 percent of grain sorghum planted has germinated and without water it wont last.
"Being so dry we don't have any sub-soil moisture and it's only going to last say another 30 days or so," Dr. Fromme said.
From here, he says the only option is to hope or pray for rain.