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DURANT, OK -- Texoma has had much more rain compared to last year, but farmers and ranchers in the area say the drought is still a problem, especially in Oklahoma.

Despite increased rain this year, Bryan County residents say they are still dealing with extremely dry conditions.

"We've had a little rain to keep the grass green, but no runoff water for the ponds. It's starting to really affect things," says Durant rancher Bobby Ansiel.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Grayson County is in moderate drought, while Bryan County remains under a severe drought. For Carter, Murray, Ponotoc, Johnston, Atoka, and Coal Counties, it is considered an extreme drought.

"I bale a lot of hay, and it's been short this year, a lot of it due to drought last year because it hasn't recovered," says Ansiel.

According to the Bryan County extension officer Robert Bourne, the problem gets worse as you go north of Calera. There is less grass so some producers have been feeding animals with hay instead, while in the southern part of the county, conditions have improved.

"This year's better because we got hay and the cows are still eating," says Colbert rancher Rickie Reese. "Last year, we had nothing. We had no pastures and no hay."

"We're still feeling the effects of the 2-year drought, but we've had more grass and there's been more hay this year than there was last year," says

Now, farmers are hoping for more rain to fill up their ponds and keep cattle healthy. According to the Drought Monitor, parts of Garvin County and western Oklahoma are in an exceptional drought, which is the worst level on their scale.