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"Drought"

There are two major drainage ways for the Brazos River bottom in Burleson County and the absence of any substantial rains producing run-off has created circumstances that haven’t been seen in over 50 years.

"Butler Bayou dried up before Old River did. I have never seen these two drainage ways to where we could stand in it and talk like we are. To me it’s unprecedented"

John Malazzo farms in Burleson County and said the drought finally started taking its toll on wildlife.

"The wildlife started to suffer, and you can tell when there was only about an inch or so of water that there were several mollusks and crawfish that ran out of a place to hide and you can see this trail which is a trail where the raccoons and turtles and all finally got down to that one little half inch trail before it completely dried up."

Malazzo says the effects of the dry weather took a while to develop.

"Well, the last measurable rain that we’ve had here in this part of the Brazos bottom was back in May of last year, and here we are in the middle of January and we’ve only had a few showers along the way."

And sometimes farmers don’t know what to wish for.

"You know sometimes we don’t know what to wish for. In September we were praying that Ike would not bring us that ten or twelve inches of rain that everybody thought that we were going to get, and we got our wish, we missed it."

Farmers took advantage of the dry weather and got their got land ready for this year’s crop and waited for winter rains that so far have not come.

"We’re looking at very dry soils not just topical, but deep moisture is very, very short, and our time is running out to meet our optimal planting time."

The waiting continues. I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.


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