Victoria County in moderate drought
April 4, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Updated April 3, 2011 at 11:04 p.m.
Victoria County experienced fewer than five inches of rain since the start of the year, and with the drier weather, county Extension Agent Sam Womble said he believes those in agriculture should be ready.
"We're desperately needing some rain, and we just need people to be trying to plan ahead," he said.
Victoria County is experiencing a moderate drought, according to the State Drought Monitor as of March 29. The area had a trace of rain Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi. The total for March was .96 inches.
Womble said the dry conditions coupled with the high winds can make conditions worse.
"The pastures are slow to kind of green up and kind of recover," he said.
He suggested ranchers could wean fall-born calves early and monitor pasture stocking rates to prepare for drier times ahead.
"We want people to be planning for just another dry spell instead of waiting until it happens," he said.
Ron Pray, county fire marshal, said the conditions are not to the point where he'd recommend a burn ban, but people should take every precaution when dealing with controlled burns or other fires.
"I will say that I think we need rain, but at this point we're just keeping a careful eye on the fire conditions and checking different locations in the county," he said.
Pray said he has not seen a significant increase in fires, and there are still a good amount of green areas in the county.
"We don't have any situations where everything is just so dry it's just like a tinderbox," he said.