In this Sunday Aug. 7, 2011 photo, the sun sets behind a mesquite tree by Lake E.V. Spence in Robert Lee, Texas. The drought that has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of ... more 
In this Sunday Aug. 7, 2011 photo, the sun sets behind a mesquite tree by Lake E.V. Spence in Robert Lee, Texas. The drought that has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of cracked earth could persist into next year, prolonging the misery of farmers and ranchers who have endured a dry spell that is now expected to be the state's worst since the 1950s. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Tony Gutierrez
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 3:30 PM EDT