The Drought in South Texas and the Texas Hill Country

According to the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ), at its most severe, 97% of the state of Texas was experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions during 2011. From late 2010 and on into the winter of 2011, this period of drought turned into the worst 1 year drought on record in Texas.  Many counties got relief in 2012, according to TCEQ, because only 37% of the state of Texas remained in the extreme or exceptional drought category.  Which included all or part of 124 counties.  Now owning a ranch during these droughts can be a very challenging time.  As you know, water is essential to the survival of wildlife, cattle, horses, goats, exotics, etc.  As we sit here today, below is a list of some of the counties in the Central and South Texas region and their classification on drought conditions according to the TCEQ:

Abnormally Dry:  Southern part of La Salle County

Moderate:  Maverick County, Zavala County, Dimmit County, rest of La Salle County, Bexar County, Atascosa County, McMullen County, Medina County and Wilson County

Severe:  Gonzales County, western portion of Karnes County, eastern portion of Dewitt County, Live Oak County, Bee County, Goliad County, Uvalde County, and Kendall County

Extreme:  eastern portion of Karnes County, western portion of Dewitt County, west and northern portion of Kinney County, very southern portion of Edwards County, Real County, western half of Kerr County and Bandera County

Exceptional:  Northern and central part of Edwards County

Texas Drought Conditions Map:                         http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S

It is very important that you have a plan as a Texas rancher when it comes to pulling through drought conditions.  There is not much you can do to make it rain!  You can pray or do your best imitation rain dance but in the end, you just have to wait it out and hope it rains.  I recommend you do your research and hire a professional Texas land broker when you are looking to buy a ranch in Texas.  Your qualified Texas ranch broker should know the area conditions and the local experts who can help you devise a plan to prepare for such extreme drought conditions.  It is your responsibility as a steward of the land that you buy, to make sure the wildlife, cattle, horses, or whatever you have on your land have the necessary food and water they require for survival.

  • Real Estate News
  • Jan 14, 2013
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