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John Wikoff, left, watches as John Elliott plants corn in what was once a rice field, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Bay City. "It's disheartening to lose your rice farming and your livelihood," Elliott said.  "I hope we can survive this; we had to retool and spend over $250,000 to buy a planter, tractor and equipment." Matagorda County farmers are being forced to downsize their farming operation and change crops, from rice to dry land corn, due to a lack of irrigation water for the third consecutive year from the Colorado River. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Michael Paulsen)

John Wikoff, left, watches as John Elliott plants corn in what was once a rice field, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Bay City. "It's disheartening to lose your rice farming and your livelihood," Elliott said. "I hope we can survive this; we had to retool and spend over $250,000 to buy a planter, tractor and equipment." Matagorda County farmers are being forced to downsize their farming operation and change crops, from rice to dry land corn, due to a lack of irrigation water for the third consecutive year from the Colorado River. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Michael Paulsen)

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