Recent rain helps ease drought in Texas

Recent rains across most of Texas the past week gave agricultural producers a glimmer of hope for greening pastures and soil wet enough for planting.

In the past seven days, every part of the state except South Texas got some rain. Northeast Texas benefited the most, with some places receiving as much as 2 inches.

The rains also helped hundreds of firefighters extinguish wind-whipped grassfires that have killed three people and scorched thousands of acres since igniting Thursday in counties along the Oklahoma border near Wichita Falls.

A lot of fencing burned in the fires but the rain also brought life to parched pastures.

Cattle producers' losses to the ongoing drought, about 94 percent of the state is in some stage of dryness, continue to mount with supplemental feed purchases or sales of cattle and calves in a declining market.