Southwest: Hot, dry conditions continued across the district, evaporating soil moisture and causing ground to crack. Farmers finished their first cutting of hay, but were unsure whether they will get another cutting due to lack of rain. Milo was turning color. Dryland corn was extremely moisture-stressed.
West Central: Temperatures were lower, with very high humidity. Rain in many counties improved soil-moisture levels, raising them enough for planting. Cotton planting was well under way in most areas. In some areas, cotton producers were waiting for fields to dry out. Corn was in good condition. Grain sorghum looked OK, but moisture will be needed soon. Farmers continued cutting, baling hay and harvesting wheat. Much of the wheat crop was grazed out or baled for hay. Rangeland and pastures looked better after the recent rains. Warm-season grasses began to grow. Stock tanks caught some much-needed run-off. Livestock remained in good condition. Some producers had to feed hay where pastures had not yet recovered. Pecans were progressing well.