Even though the rain was falling on Thursday, the latest drought map shows Terry County in the mostly Extreme Drought category, with the Exceptional Drought extending into the western part of the County. Most all of the State is at least in the Abnormally Dry range.
Exceptional Drought means that trees that are not watered could be dying, rangeland is all but dead and the fire danger remains extremely high. City water restrictions could be imposed, reducing the amount of time and what time of day a person can water their lawn, or even wash their car.
The Thursday rainfall netted less than an inch across the county, according to most reports, even though it was wonderful to smell and hear the rain.
Farmers are in high gear, getting ready to plant. Many will plant in dry dirt and pray for the rains to come to get the crop up. Most have at least some irrigated cropland, but still, it is hard to keep the ground wet with water tables falling and the temperatures rising.
Last year, according to measurements taken by the South Plains Underground Water Conservation District, Terry County received just under nine inches or rainfall total. This is the lowest amount of rain in the County since 2011, when less than five inches fell. Terry County averages right around 17 inches of rain in a year.
The soil temperatures are trending upward, and should be in the optimal range by planting, but the water profile is very low. The soil water content is alarmingly low.
All in all, it is not looking that great for ag production this year, as of now. But we serve a good God and He will take care of us all, in His time and in His way.
Continue to pray for rain and healing on this dry, thirsty land.