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Old 11-20-2020, 08:54 AM   #1
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I dont know about y'all but it has dried up around here real bad. Acorns are about half of their normal size and the tanks are extremely low. I have more wildlife activity at my water troughs than I can remember. The dirt is like powder around my place.

Hard to understand some of the folks that move out here, they still burn their trash and brush piles like it aint no big deal. I worry about my little 150 acre place when it gets like this, as I have set aside land with no livestock or production on it. That spot is 70 acres of native brush and post oaks that have been left alone for 17 years. It would burn like paper.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:03 AM   #2
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At my lease between Brady and Menard it is the worst I have seen it in the past 20 years on the place. Our big stock tank is dry and its never been dry, not even when we had cattle on the place.. No cattle for the last 2 years and now it is bone dry.. A deer die off is close if we do not get some relief... I'm not sure that some of our fawns aren't already dying.. Found 3 dead so far..
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:06 AM   #3
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Yeah its really bad here in Bastrop. I've had two cows get stuck in stock tanks due to them being so low. I'm already pouring the feed and hay out to them, as there isnt a blade of grass to be found. To top it off, our county doesnt qualify for drought assistance through USDA.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:13 AM   #4
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At my lease between Brady and Menard it is the worst I have seen it in the past 20 years on the place. Our big stock tank is dry and its never been dry, not even when we had cattle on the place.. No cattle for the last 2 years and now it is bone dry.. A deer die off is close if we do not get some relief... I'm not sure that some of our fawns aren't already dying.. Found 3 dead so far..



Worse than 2010-2011? We didn't even have grass dead or alive in 2011 and lost a lot of cedars(thankfully).

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Old 11-20-2020, 09:15 AM   #5
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Bandera county is terrible. Medina river totally dry at Hwy 16 crossing.

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Worse than 2010-2011? We didn't even have grass dead or alive in 2011
Yes worse!!!! Its BAD, and 2010 was really bad. Man it has rained all around us but there is a dead strip through the county that has seen no rain.. Cactus are turning yellow and trees are dying. In 2010 we a bad die off in September due to blue tongue.. I'm hoping these cooler temps help the situation some but PRAY for rain..
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:23 AM   #7
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:25 AM   #8
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Our place is very dry but no where near 10-11. It is a very bad fall drought though. Not many years that I can remember not even having enough moisture to get oat patches going. We need these winter forbs to pop up and help these animals.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:27 AM   #10
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Our place is very dry but no where near 10-11. It is a very bad fall drought though. Not many years that I can remember not even having enough moisture to get oat patches going. We need these winter forbs to pop up and help these animals.
I have oats about 6 inches tall in some spots, but they will dry up here pretty soon and die off. I almost cancelled planting any fall plots, I figured it would be a waste of money and time. Probably should have.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:28 AM   #11
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Yep. Very very bad in areas surrounding Brady.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:32 AM   #12
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Yes worse!!!! Its BAD, and 2010 was really bad. Man it has rained all around us but there is a dead strip through the county that has seen no rain.. Cactus are turning yellow and trees are dying. In 2010 we a bad die off in September due to blue tongue.. I'm hoping these cooler temps help the situation some but PRAY for rain..



Our place is an oasis compared to 2010-2011 and its dry as hell here too.. We had like 4 /10s in 1.5 years in 2010-2011... dead yellow cactus, dead red cedars, oaks dropping leaves in desperation, no grass. etc etc.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:34 AM   #13
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Our place is an oasis compared to 2010-2011 and its dry as hell here too.. We had like 4 /10s in 1.5 years in 2010-2011... dead yellow cactus, dead red cedars, oaks dropping leaves in desperation, no grass. etc etc.
The oaks that shed their leaves early that year did they survive?
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:36 AM   #14
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The oaks that shed their leaves early that year did they survive?
We lost a ton of big mature oaks in Mason that year. Me and dad still are amazed at the dead trees we have. Oak wilt was awful. We need rain too. Luckily we have water wells and a couple big ponds.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:37 AM   #15
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Bandera county is terrible. Medina river totally dry at Hwy 16 crossing.

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Yep Hondo creek bone dry , our new nd is fighting to keep what it has.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:38 AM   #16
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The oaks that shed their leaves early that year did they survive?



Yes....surprisingly most did. My landowner was very concerned he was going to lose them all. Luckily the cedars that turned yellow and red died..
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Yes....surprisingly most did. My landowner was very concerned he was going to lose them all. Luckily the cedars that turned yellow and red died..
I dont have cedars but lots of Hackberry and China Berry, them dang things can all die off.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:49 AM   #18
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We lost a ton of big mature oaks in Mason that year. Me and dad still are amazed at the dead trees we have. Oak wilt was awful. We need rain too. Luckily we have water wells and a couple big ponds.
I have a nice Post Oak in the corner of the property that is about 36" across at the stump. A couple weeks ago I noticed the leaves are all dried up and still attached. I am sure it died, the bad thing is I just had new 5 strand wire put up near it on two sides. If it falls it will wipe out the new fence.
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I have a nice Post Oak in the corner of the property that is about 36" across at the stump. A couple weeks ago I noticed the leaves are all dried up and still attached. I am sure it died, the bad thing is I just had new 5 strand wire put up near it on two sides. If it falls it will wipe out the new fence.
A 36" Oak has seen a lot. Its been through some droughts. It must be REAL bad up there... SAD. I hope it makes it..
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Our place is an oasis compared to 2010-2011 and its dry as hell here too.. We had like 4 /10s in 1.5 years in 2010-2011... dead yellow cactus, dead red cedars, oaks dropping leaves in desperation, no grass. etc etc.
We haven't had any measurable rain fall since March and that was only .57".. And hardly any before that..
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Old 11-20-2020, 10:11 AM   #21
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We took advantage of the dry conditions and had our pond dug out. It'll be 30ft. deep when full now. May be spring before we get any water.

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Old 11-21-2020, 06:03 PM   #22
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Yep Hondo creek bone dry , our new nd is fighting to keep what it has.


I just bought a place on Hondo creek last month. Property is extremely dry and deer are in very poor condition. The creek is still flowing along my property so I assume it only gets deeper in a normal year?




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Old 11-21-2020, 06:07 PM   #23
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It’s a lot drier than normal this time of year at my place in East Texas
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:11 PM   #24
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Bad news! Itís only going to get worse, a La NiŮa pattern started in October and going to last through June of 2021 maybe longer.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:23 PM   #25
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Bad news! Itís only going to get worse, a La NiŮa pattern started in October and going to last through June of 2021 maybe longer.
I bet youíre a lot of fun at parties...

I read about the La Nina a month or so ago, not good.

Iím in Ft. Bend County and we havenít had hardly any rain in months.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:24 PM   #26
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Haven’t had any runoff type rain since Augusta 2019
My place is the worst it has been for this time of yr since 2005
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:44 PM   #27
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I was meeting with a hydro engineer on Wednesday morning and was asking about our urgency to complete this drainage easement, and he stated “ no problem with urgency we are in a dryer period and it’s not trending to wet for awhile , so quit worrying “ I of course being in a perpetual state of motion immediately was switched to “ oh crude not a dry winter “
It not looking great In sisterdale, el dorado or sinton, seems the pattern is off kilter
Praying we don’t go 2010-2011 patterns! If it does let’s hope it’s not a 1948-1957 one !!

“” The 1950s Texas drought was a period between 1949 and 1957 in which the state received 30 to 50% less rain than normal, while temperatures rose above average. ... The drought was described by a state water official as "the most costly and one of the most devastating droughts in 600 years."
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:45 PM   #28
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I bet youíre a lot of fun at parties...

I read about the La Nina a month or so ago, not good.

Iím in Ft. Bend County and we havenít had hardly any rain in months.
Your right, I hate partyís. Lol
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:51 PM   #29
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Wise County is very dry. Chance tomorrow.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:51 PM   #30
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Getting really dry in Atascosa county.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:55 PM   #31
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It's officially dry when cows eat goatweeds and the bark off of cedar posts.
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Old 11-21-2020, 07:12 PM   #32
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I dont have cedars but lots of Hackberry and China Berry, them dang things can all die off.
Radar, deer effin love China Berrys. Cut you a bunch of berries and pile them in front of a cam, you can thank me later
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Old 11-21-2020, 07:15 PM   #33
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It’s dry here, but not 2011 dry. I lost half my white oaks in 2011, some of them were probably 75 years old.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:38 PM   #34
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We have a place in Nixon with some cattle on it been havin to haul water for a month or so now. My mom found a dead rattlesnake a day or two ago she thinks it’s so dry the snake died from dehydration!!! I don’t know about that one but it’s sure gettin ad.
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Caught some catfish the other day and they all had ticks.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:16 PM   #36
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No rain across the river in 3 months. After a stellar spring it's turned into a powder house, and our brush is starting to wilt.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:19 PM   #37
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2011 was way worse.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:30 PM   #38
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2011 was worse but only by a few months. Getting really serious in Mills county.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:50 PM   #39
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I just bought a place on Hondo creek last month. Property is extremely dry and deer are in very poor condition. The creek is still flowing along my property so I assume it only gets deeper in a normal year?




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Old 11-22-2020, 04:05 PM   #40
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Extremely dry here in southern Gonzales county. Can't remember the last time we had a rain to fill any tanks but even during Noah's flood we only had 3/4s of an inch.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:19 PM   #41
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If you're saying worse than '11...well, I surely feel for you all. I didn't think it could be worse than '11.
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If you're saying worse than '11...well, I surely feel for you all. I didn't think it could be worse than '11.
We are only 2.5 " from 2011.. 2.75" less and we would be worse than 2011 by .25"...

And NO real relief in sight.. I'm way past being seriously concerned..
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:43 PM   #43
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We are only 2.5 " from 2011.. 2.75" less and we would be worse than 2011 by .25"...

And NO real relief in sight.. I'm way past being seriously concerned..

So itís not as bad?
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:33 PM   #44
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Bucks will be on the feeders late season after the rut.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:49 PM   #45
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Deer will need lots of protein this winter and spring just to survive. JMO!
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:23 PM   #46
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What compounded the 2011 drought was the bulk of it happened during a string of 100+ degree days during the summer. It was brutal. It is as dry here in East Texas as I have ever seen it this time of year. There are swampy places that are drying up that I have never seen not holding water
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:54 PM   #47
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It is getting dry here in Coke County. We did get a freak 8" rain late in September. That gave us some good subsoil moisture, but the wheat is dying for lack of moisture now. Lots of good grass in the low places for the time being. I sold most of the cows anyway. They were getting old and I have no intention of feeding them through a drought. 2011 saw a wildfire burn 75% of this place then we had the summer of 100 plus days of 100 or over degree highs and no rain to speak of. It was miserable for man and beast. We did feed the wildlife to keep it alive but the livestock was sold early on. I have a gut feeling that we are about to see a rerun.
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