Far West: The region had highs in the upper 90s and lower 100s, with lows in the mid to upper 70s. With the hot, dry and windy weather, soil moisture was being rapidly depleted. Area ranchers continued to watch for grass fires. Howard County cotton farmers were busy replanting cotton that was blown out last week by high winds. Crane County reported that the new growth from perennial grasses had seeded out. Regrowth of old grasses was slow to none at all. Annual weeds were doing well, taking advantage of open ground in damaged rangeland. Pecan nuts were growing well, and alfalfa was almost ready for a second cutting. In El Paso County, cotton was at the six-leaf stage and looking very good. Winkler County reported that pastures continued to maintain green growth of weeds, shrubs and grass. However, the amount of growth was much less than desired, and most of the weed and shrub growth was from less desirable species. Sheep and goats appeared to be in great condition, but low lamb and kids production appears to be the result of last year’s drought.
North: Soil moisture was adequate to surplus in most of the region thanks to recent rains, but some areas remained critically dry. Pastures improved, but corn and grain sorghum showed stressed from lack of moisture earlier. The wheat harvest continued, with some producers just finishing. Sunflowers were in full bloom, and head-moth activity was steady. Armyworms were detected on ornamental plants in Sulphur Springs. Peaches continued to look very good. Feral hogs remained a major problem. Livestock were in fair to good condition.
Panhandle: Most of the region received rain, from a trace to as much as 3 inches. Soil-moisture levels ranged from very short to surplus, with most counties reporting short to adequate. Most corn was in good condition; most sorghum fair to good. Cotton was in poor to excellent condition, with most areas reporting good to fair. About 1,000 acres of cotton was lost in Deaf Smith County to hail last week. Corn was also beaten up, but very little was a total loss. Wheat was in very poor to excellent condition, with most reported as being fair to good. The wheat harvest will be short in some counties as many acres were harvested as hay or chopped for silage. Rangeland and pastures were in very poor to excellent condition, with most reported as poor. Cattle were in good condition. Thrips were reported in cotton.
Rolling Plains: Rain fell across parts of the region. Montague County got 2 to 9 inches. Even the western counties of Dickens, Kent and King reported amounts from 2 to 4 inches. Other counties received 0.2 inch to 2 inches. More rain was needed to fill area lakes. Pastures greened up. Native-grass pastures that had been properly managed and not over-stocked during the drought were looking good. The wheat harvest was finished, and cotton planting was almost complete. Hay harvesting was under way for some, while others were waiting for more growth. Some peach varieties were beginning to ripen. Overall, the crop looked good. Pecans also looked good, with only light reports of nut case bearer. Beekeepers reported extremely light honey production despite nectar and pollen-producing flowers being in bloom. Also hives were being re-queened at a higher rate because of poor brood.