Drought Forecast Could Hang Farmers Out to Dry
With prices for several crops at their highest in years, those who work the land and raise cattle say they need precipitation to prosper
By WILLIAM PACK
The price is right for Texas farmers and ranchers to have another strong year in 2011 — but they may not get much of a break from their closest partner, Mother Nature.
Nationally, 2011 is expected to see some of the highest prices in years for several crops if the U.S. economy and export markets continue to improve, said Jose Peña, an agricultural economist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Uvalde. But Peña said South Texas will need more rainfall for producers to fully benefit from those prices.
And so far, that’s not in the forecast.