Rio Grande Valley Farmer Lose Crop in Drought 9/2/13
HARLINGEN, Texas - Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are reporting major
crop losses worth millions of dollars due to a devastating drought that has
parched South Texas.
The McAllen Monitor reports Sunday this growing season has been the worst
since 2006. The Natural Resources Defense Council ranked Texas No. 10 in the
country for drought losses.
Farmers who work non-irrigated land lost 88 percent of their crop to
drought, a loss valued at about $1 million. Cotton farmers in the valley lost
about 90,000 acres in the dry spell, while those who farmed grain sorghum lost
60 percent of their crop, or some 410,000 acres.
The USDA's defense council is encouraging farmers to employ new methods and
techniques that cut down on water usage as more extreme weather becomes the