HERMLEIGH, TX - JULY 27:  Jerry Gannaway looks over a field in which he planted cotton July 27, 2011 near Hermleigh, Texas. Gannaway is among the majority of dry-land (non-irrigated fields) cotton growers in Texas whose crops have failed because of a severe drought in the region. The cotton in his filed should be about knee-high by now, yet most has not broken through the soil. 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)