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Texas Drought Toll Continues Climbing

Posted by feww on March 18, 2012

Agricultural losses from Texas historic drought still rising

Drought devastated 42.7 percent (12.2 million acres) of principal harvest in Texas and decimated cattle headcount by 1.4 million (10.5%).

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  • Texas, USA.The 2011 historic drought in Texas was also the Lone Star state’s costliest.  Drought devastated 42.7 percent (12.2 million acres) of principal harvest (corn, sorghum, cotton, wheat, rice and soybean)  in Texas and decimated cattle headcount by 1.4 million (10.5%).
    • Total area planted: 21.3 million acres; only 12.2 million acres or 57.3% harvested
    • Wheat: 5.3 million acres planted; only 35.8% harvested
    • Cotton : 7.6 million acres planted; only 40.8% harvested
    • Corn:  2.1 million acres planted; only 81% harvested
    • Cattle count on January 1, 2011: 13.3 million heads;  reduced to 11.9 million on January 1, 2012.
    • In 2010, considered to be a good year for crop production in Texas, about 87% of the planted acreage was harvested.  (Source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service and USDA).
    • Agricultural losses from the historic drought is said to exceed the original $5.2 billion estimate.

Texas Drought 2011: Deepening Cracks. Frame grab from video report by Agrilife Today

  • Oklahoma and New Mexico. Crop harvests in the bordering states of Oklahoma and New Mexico were also hit by the drought.  In Oklahoma, about 68 percent of the planted acreage was harvested.  In New Mexico, it was less than 60 percent.

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