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California ag drought topic of March 4 meeting
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will focus on drought impacts to the agricultural sector at its upcoming meeting on March 4, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the University of California in Merced, Calif.
The Governor’s Drought Task Force leaders are traveling throughout the state to meet with local officials to hear how communities are coping with drought impacts. The Board meeting at UC Merced provides an opportunity for the Drought Task Force to update the public and agricultural stakeholders on current actions, including the Emergency Drought Legislation announced on Feb. 19. This meeting will be streamed online at: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/LiveMediaStream.html
Texas crop prospects not looking good
Dry topsoil and low subsoil moisture, along with cooler than normal soil temperatures, are having a chilling effect on spring planting in Texas, said Dr. Travis Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station.
Most of Texas is going into the fourth year of drought, Miller noted.
Drought ratings edged slightly higher, with 58% of the state ranging from moderate to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from AgriLife Extension personnel.
Only a few weeks ago in some areas, such as Southeast Texas, fields were too wet to get in to work. But after a couple of dry weeks, a dry or crusty soil surface can still make planting into moisture a challenge.
But for those areas with subsoil moisture, it’s the cooler than normal soil temperatures that pose some concern about late plantings, Miller said.
“Farmers are very hesitant to put very expensive seed in cold soils,” he said.
While the Texas High Plains remain the worst hit, dairy areas of the Panhandle, South Plains and Rolling Plains remain very dry, Miller said.
More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/ .