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Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought

The past nine months have been the driest in the US state since records began in 1895

Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
A drought-stricken wheat field bakes in the sun July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. A severe drought has caused the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) crops to fail in the region. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
Jerry Gannaway plows up a field where he had planted cotton July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. Gannaway is among the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) cotton growers in Texas whose crops have failed because of a severe drought in the region. The cotton in his field should have been about knee-high by now, yet most has not even broken through the soil. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
Juan Rico culls cotton plants growing between rows in an irrigated cotton field July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. A severe drought has caused the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated) cotton crops to fail in the region. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
Jerry Gannaway looks over a field in which he planted cotton July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. Gannaway is among the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) cotton growers in Texas whose crops have failed because of a severe drought in the region. The cotton in his filed should be about knee-high by now, yet most has not broken through the soil. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
Juan Rico culls cotton plants growing between rows in an irrigated cotton field July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. A severe drought has caused the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated) cotton crops to fail in the region. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
Cotton spilled during last year's harvest lies in a barren cotton field July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. A severe drought has caused the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) cotton crops to fail in the region. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
Jerry Gannaway looks over a field in which he planted cotton July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. Gannaway is among the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) cotton growers in Texas whose crops have failed because of a severe drought in the region. The cotton in his field should be about knee-high by now, yet most has not broken through the soil. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)
Farmers struggle as Texas endures historic drought
A drought-stricken wheat field bakes in the sun July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. A severe drought has caused the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) crops to fail in the region. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Getty Images)