September 30, 2011
Many farmers in Central Texas have delayed planting fall crops or pushed back fertilizing as they wait — and wait — for rain. The drier La Nina weather pattern is dashing hopes that fall showers could break the drought.
Urbanization will continue to change what is grown and produced in Texas, said Darren Hudson, director of the Cotton Economics Research Center at Texas Tech.
“It may shift some of the products that we used to produce, like rice. Rice went away,” Hudson told KUT News. “It’s still here; we still grow rice in Texas. We’re just not the big, huge rice producer that we used to be, because that land that was suitable for that has gone away.”