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Listen In, Lubbock: How the drought is affecting agriculture

Dryland Winter Wheat
Calvin Trostle
Farmer Calvin Trostle's dryland winter wheat in Lubbock was in rough shape earlier this year after facing drought conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures.

This year’s heat and drought conditions are being compared to those of 2011. Texas experienced its driest year on record then and the effects on agriculture led to the loss of billions of dollars. As planting season wraps up for many regional crops, agriculturists are worried about how this year will turn out.

Jayme Lozano, The Texas Tribune
Brandi Addison, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Helpful links:
West Texas farmers and ranchers fear the worst as drought, heat near 2011 records from The Texas Tribune

Planting season is almost over for cotton farmers, and crop conditions aren’t great from The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Lingering drought is stressing local crops, hitting hardest cotton, corn, wheat and oats from The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
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