Published: 2:54 pm, Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2011Updated: 9:20 am
New Mexico drought on verge of ruining farmers, ranchers
By TIM MENICUTCH
Daily Press Editor
Lewis Derrick remembers the drought of 1993-94. He said it got so dry, Turkey Track Ranch was down from 3,000 cows to 800.
The scary part is, the drought of 2010-11 is threatening to be worse.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Derrick, whose family has been in the ranching business around the Artesia area since the late 1800s. “There has not been any measurable rain in nine months.”
Officially, the last Artesia rainfall came Sept. 23. Not a drop since. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.