Following the most severe drought on record, Texas and Oklahoma are entering the 2012 growing season with significantly better moisture conditions. Climatologists believe the transition of La Nina conditions to a more normal weather pattern will help reduce the incidence of drought throughout the southern and southwestern United States.
Much of Texas has experienced abundant winter moisture, and the December-February period statewide was the 11th wettest on record going back 117 years. Unfortunately, that still leaves two-thirds of the state in drought conditions designated as severe or worse. For ranchers, many stock ponds remain low or dry as the rains have not produced sufficient runoff wate.r