||Severe to extreme drought continued to grip much of the Big Country or the region north of Interstate 20. Surface water supplies are still low across West Central Texas which includes the Big Country due to limited runoff from rainfall. The City of San Angelo has enacted drought level two water restriction because of a limited, 16 month water supply. Several other cities like Abilene and Brownwood have also enacted water restrictions because of the dwindling water supplies.
According to the Texas Crop Weather Report issued June 26 by the Texas A&M Agriculture Program for the Big Country Region, cotton growers nearly finished planting, but were having trouble getting some plantings emerged and established. High winds and heavy rain were hard on tender, new plants. Also, some producers were fighting sand blows. However, pastures looked good thanks to the rains, but needed more moisture soon to offset high temperatures. Producers worried what just one week of 100-plus days will do to dryland cotton. Hay fields were being damaged by grasshoppers. Livestock generally remained in good condition. Peach growers were harvesting, and reported good to excellent quality, with fair to good yields.