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Ongoing drought poses serious challenges

Recent rain and snow have put a smile on county producer’s faces, but a lot more moisture is needed  in the coming months to prepare for planting in the new year.

In its third year, the drought in Texas shows no signs of ending soon.

But there have been encouraging signs, especially in eastern parts of the state.

On the South Plains, though, the drought continues to linger.

A Texas Water Development Board report for the week of Dec. 16-22 showed that most of Hockley County – except for the northwest corner – was in severe drought.

In Cochran County, though,  more than 50 percent of the area was rated as in moderate drought.

The northern half of  Cochran County received significant snowfall in late November, with as much as 8 inches falling in the northwest part of the county.

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