Wed April 3, 2013
Drought Expected To Continue To August
A dry winter, strong winds, and above average temperatures have caused the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declared much of the state to be in a drought emergency.
Jeff Witte with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture says that farmers with the ability to pump groundwater will be able to plant some crops this year. However, Witte says he's optimistic that farmers and ranchers in New Mexico will be able to continue providing viable crops to the state
“Yes, we are in the middle of a drought, costs have gone up, the risks to the farmers have gone up," says Witte. "But we are still producing good agricultural products”
Witte projects that drought conditions could last as late as August, and that farmers having the hardest time could be eligible for low interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get through the season.