Counties still in severe drought, growers consider other crops
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Despite recent rainfall, the majority of the South Plains remains under exceptional drought conditions.
The latest Texas drought report shows most counties in our region suffering under the most intense drought rating on the scale.
95% of Texas is currently in drought, which is 5% higher than in 2012.
The hail and high winds that came with the rainfall are also taking a toll on area crops.
Officials estimate last Monday's severe weather destroyed around 2800 acres in southeast Lubbock County alone.
Crop producers are starting to look at alternatives to cotton, such as sunflowers and sorghum.
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