Farmers, Ranchers Struggle As Texas Endures Historic Drought

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A cotton plant blooms in a field watered by an underground irrigation... News PhotoAgriculture,Damaged,Death,Drought,Emergencies and Disasters,Environment,Farm,Farmer,Field,Irrigation Equipment,Order,Outdoors,Texas,USA,Vertical,WeatherPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesHERMLEIGH, TX - JULY 27: A cotton plant blooms in a field watered by an underground irrigation system July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. A severe drought has caused the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated) cotton crops to fail in the region. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as 'exceptional drought', the highest classification. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)