South: Hot, dry weather stressed plants, rangeland and pastures. Soil-moisture levels dropped considerably. Most counties reported short to very short soil-moisture conditions with the exception of a few counties. McMullen County reported 60 percent adequate levels; Maverick County, 40 percent adequate; and Dimmit County, 85 percent adequate. In many areas, forage production came to a standstill, raising livestock-feeding issues. However, the dry conditions benefited hay producers, allowing them to cut, cure and bale without interruptions. Cattle were in good condition. Supplemental feeding increased at larger ranching operations. In Frio County, potato harvesting and peanut planting, and heavy irrigation were all ongoing. In Jim Wells County, there were reports of failed milo and poor-performing haygrazer fields being baled or grazed early. Crops in Zavala County were again under heavy irrigation. About 60 percent of cotton crop in that county had bloomed, and later-planted corn was in the dough stage with early-planted corn fields reaching the dent stage. Also Zavala County, the cucumber harvest was completed, melons were progressing well, the onion harvest continued with good-quality yields being reported. Some webworm activity was noted by pecan producers. In Hidalgo County, vegetable harvesting continued, and sunflower harvesting was under way. In Starr County, farmers were preparing to harvest sunflowers harvesting and hay baling continued. In Willacy County, growers were harvesting sorghum.
South Plains: The region had cooler temperatures and overcast days. Most of the region received rain, from 0.2 inch to as much as 5 inches in some areas. Some hail also fell, but it was mostly light. However, some counties reported extensive damage to young cotton plants in scattered fields. Topsoil moisture levels improved. Most areas could still benefit from more rain. Some farmers were applying herbicides. Most cotton planting was finished. High winds and temperatures returned by the end of the week.
Southeast: Rain fell in many areas. Montgomery received from 1 inch to 3 inches. Fort Bend reported 2 inches. Brazoria County also had showers, with about 0.5 inch in the western part of the county. Jefferson County got up to 3 inches in some areas. Elsewhere, hot, dry conditions were drying out soils and causing pond levels to rapidly drop. Heavy weed pressure, a side effect of the 2011 drought, was holding many pastures back. Western ragweed, marshelder, bushy eryngo, and purple loosestrife were the primary problem weeds. In Chambers County, winter wheat was 100 percent harvested. Winter wheat was also 100 percent harvested.