Drought poses tough choices for produce

West Texas continues to experience a tough  drought and unless rain materializes soon, area producers will have to make some difficult planting decisions.

According to the Texas Water Development Board, 67 percent of the state was in moderate to exceptional drought for the week ending March 31.

Drought conditions worsened  during the last week of March, with 25 percent of the state under extreme or worse conditions for the period, nearly double from the previous week.

Two-thirds of Texas is now experiencing moderate or worse drought conditions.

A weekly report revealed that nearly all of Hockley County, except a small area in the northwest, was in D3 or extreme drought.

However, Cochran County fell into the category of D2, or severe drought.

The absence of significant moisture in recent months illustrates how serious the situation is.

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