Coastal Bend: The drought continued, with near-normal daily temperatures and no significant rainfall. Some producers lightly tilled fields to remove weeds and grass that emerged following an October rain. Winter forages needed rain. Livestock producers were still supplementing cattle because hay was scarce and pastures in poor condition. Cattle herds were also still being reduced.
East: Cold fronts came through, bringing some rain, but in general, dry conditions continued. Nightly temperatures were in the mid 30s to 40s with daytime highs in the 60s and 70s. Producers were still purchasing hay from other areas as supplies remained critically short. Winter forages were emerging and showing growth due to recent rains in some counties. Other producers were hesitating on planting winter forages, waiting to see if more rain comes before investing in seed and other expenses. Stock water was becoming a big issue for producers in some areas as ponds were very low or dried up. Feral hogs were rooting up pastures in Shelby County.
Far West: There was no precipitation received, and a combination of high winds, low topsoil moisture and ground laid bare from drought and wildfires led to regular dust storms. Cotton harvesting was almost complete. Many counties had their first freeze. Livestock producers continued fall working of cattle, with most calves weaned, shipped or back-grounded. Producers were selling off many breeding-age cattle due to the drought and because pastures and rangeland were burned off by wildfires. Weaning weights and conception rates on calves and cows were much lower than normal, which was also attributed to the drought. Most fruit trees were going dormant. Pecans were still holding onto their leaves though there were few nuts left because drought stress caused early drops.
North: The region saw light, scattered showers, with some areas receiving as much as 0.5 inch. The rains greened up winter pastures and encouraged fall plantings. Wheat planting was in full swing, and farmers continued to try to finish planting small grains, oats and winter pastures. However, the area remained very short on moisture, particularly for runoff to refill stock ponds. Livestock producers continued searching for hay and supplemental feeds. They also continue culling herds. Feral hogs were a major problem in some areas.
Panhandle: The region was windy with near-average temperatures but no moisture. Soil-moisture levels were mostly short to very short. Corn harvesting was winding down. The cotton harvest was ongoing. Wheat planting continued. Rangeland and pastures were mostly in poor to very poor condition. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding. Many were still reducing herds or looking for alternative feeds or grazing.