With just 25-hundredths of an inch recorded, Amarillo’s year-to-date precipitation is obviously way below average – a brutal deficit of 3.05 inches compared to what National Weather Service data indicates would be a more normal total. And, if you extend the analysis back to early October, you see that the deficit over the past six months is right about six inches.
The latest Drought Monitor Map shows more and more of the Texas Panhandle is falling into the most intense level of drought reported in the weekly update: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX
We know that drought has taken its toll on area wheat. But now we have reached the time on the calendar when spring panting should be about to begin. What’s ahead for farmers if we don’t get rain soon? Coming up Monday morning, in our Newsday Amarillo agriculture report at 6:20 a.m., we’ll get some perspective from Texas A&M AgriLife agronomist Jourdan Bell.