Oh no! That’s what comes to my mind.

It is so scary for residents that they can’t even say the word out loud. They whisper it.

The “it” is drought.

It is feared that Texas is entering a drought again. They barely got out of the last one and already there are fears that the spring rains have ended. Not only that, but temps are already in the 90s and 100s there.

I feel for the people from Wichita, Kan., to Ft. Worth though Houston, Texas. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the western part of Texas still continues to battle some type of drought condition.

In Bosque County, Texas, rain reportedly hasn’t fallen for over 30 days, according to the Texas Agrilife Extension Service.

I had the opportunity to talk to a few people throughout 2011 who had witnessed the devastation and it made me realize just how bad it was for people and animals. I guess that’s why my heart goes out to them. I know what the farmers and ranchers went through and I honestly don’t know how many could go through it a second time.

Can you imagine selling off most of your livestock? I can’t.

Can you imagine witnessing lakes and reservoirs dry up?

Now, we are talking Texas, and they are used to dry conditions, but when it gets so hot it melts playground equipment, you know you have a problem.

I know truckloads of hay were donated to the livestock owners from across the country and even here in Columbiana County, Ohio, “Operation Haylift” went into action in order to make sure livestock didn’t go hungry.

Farmers in west Texas say the Bermuda Grass has been damaged and it is already turning brown because of the lack of water and only mesquite is surviving.

I’m not a scientist, but let’s face it, if the vegetation is still fragile and recovering from last year’s drought, a second year would be detrimental to the environment.

The drought could also be the end of many cattle operations. Many sold out last year because they couldn’t feed the stock they had and some are trying to rebuild.

Let’s hope that the spring rain hasn’t stopped and that more rain will fall where it is needed for everyone’s sake!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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