Drought prompts water allocations in Texas Rio Grande Valley

11/15/2012 02:29:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Juan Anciso, water engineerCourtesy Texas AgriLifeWater engineer Juan Anciso helped develop 16 recommendations to help growers deal with the prolonged drought.A prolonged drought, record high temperatures and depleted water reserves have conspired to hit growers in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley hard.

Many of the 26 irrigation districts serving the region have already notified growers of water shortages and water allocations, according to a news release.

But not all water districts are created equal.

As a result, district managers and Texas A&M AgriLife encourage growers to contact their local district to find about allocations and water policies before they plant.

Unfortunately, growers with permanent crops, such as citrus and sugar cane, don't have that luxury.

Some may decide to plant part of their crop dryland to save water for other crops.

Juan Enciso, an AgriLife Research water engineer in Weslaco, helped developed 16 management recommendations to help growers facing limited water supplies. They can be downloaded from weslaco.tamu.edu.

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