South Plains: The cotton harvest was in full swing and expected to be completed before the end of the year in most counties. Some areas already had a killing freeze, while others were expecting their first as a strong cold front moved through the area. Most irrigated cotton producers reported better-than-expected yields, and gins were running full time to keep up. The grain sorghum harvest was more than half done, with good to excellent yields reported due to timely rains during the growing season. In the northern part of the region, winter wheat benefitted from the recent rains and was in fair condition. Some producers were just now planting winter wheat, while others were waiting to finish their cotton harvest before planting wheat as a cover crop. The corn harvest was finished, with very sporadic yields reported. Pasture and rangeland were in desperate need of moisture in some areas. Livestock were generally in fair to good condition.
Southeast: Several counties reported heavy rains. In Brazos County, the Navasota River overflowed its banks, causing flooding. Soil-moisture levels throughout the region ranged from 50 percent adequate to 100 percent surplus. Cooler morning temperatures and shorter days slowed the growth of warm-season grasses. High temperatures ranged from 60s to 80s, with lows in the 50s. Livestock were in good shape, with hay continuing to be harvested. A few farmers were still planting winter wheat.
Southwest: The region continued to receive spotty showers along with cooler temperatures. Fall armyworms remained a problem in pastures and hayfields. Growers were off to a good start planting wheat and oats. Livestock producers began feeding hay along with some other supplemental feeds. Bucks were in heavy rut and had been running for more than a week, a good situation for hunters.
West Central: The region had mild days with cool nights. Only a mild frost was reported in a few areas, but the first heavy freeze was expected soon. Some counties had scattered showers. The cotton harvest was proceeding well, but cool, wet conditions slowed it down in many areas. Winter crops, including wheat and cool-season forages, were off to a good start. There was some late-season hay baling and planting of small grain fields. Rangeland and pastures were in good condition, but the cool temperatures slowed growth of warm-season grasses. Some producers were already turning livestock into wheat and oat fields for grazing. Livestock remained in fair to good condition. The pecan harvest was ongoing with moderate yields reported.