North: Soil moisture was adequate to surplus due to the recent rains. Good rains and runoff nearly filled area ponds are close to being full . The week of warmer-than-usual temperatures meant small grains and winter pastures continued to do very well. Many small-grains farmers were taking advantage of the nice weather to apply fertilizer and weed controls. Corn farmers were ready to plant as soon as the fields were dry enough. Reports from the local feed stores indicated supplemental feeding of livestock was down. Cattle were in fair to good condition. Peach trees were starting to bloom. Feral hogs continued to be a problem.
Panhandle: The region had extremely high winds and no moisture. Soil-moisture levels were still rated mostly short to very short. There was an ongoing effort by producers to reduce the wind-blown soil erosion in any way possible. Wheat growers were actively irrigating. Some producers have started to plow up the worst of their wheat fields to prepare for spring planting. Winter wheat was mostly in fair to poor condition. Rangeland and pastures continue to be in fair to very poor condition, with most areas reporting poor to very poor. There were reports of cattle lice. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding as rangeland grasses remained sparse and wheat pasture was short.
Rolling Plains: Windy and dry conditions continued throughout the region. Recent rains and sunshine caused trees to bud. Rangeland and pastures were rated at 50 percent fair, but ratings were only that high because of cool-season annuals furnishing grazing. Otherwise pastures were still in generally poor condition because spring growth hadn’t started. Winter wheat was in fair condition, and producers continued to graze cattle on it, hoping the crop will hold out until more rain comes, and pastures and rangeland grasses grow again. Cattle were in fair to good condition as producers earlier cut herds to be able to sustain lower numbers through the spring and summer. Farmers were preparing land for spring planting by applying fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicides. In the eastern counties, spring-like conditions prevailed. However, weeds were coming on abundantly.
South: Most of the region received light scattered showers. Accompanied by a hint of warm temperatures, the showers improved range and pastures. Soil-moisture levels in the northern part of the region were from 50 to 100 percent adequate. In the eastern and western parts, it was 45 percent short to 100 percent adequate. In the southern part of the district, it was short to very short. Where there was rain, forage growth supplied grazing, allowing livestock producers to cut back on supplemental feeding. In Atascosa County, corn growers began planting. In Frio County, farmers continued to prepare equipment and fields for corn planting. In Jim Wells County, field activities also increased. In Zavala County, cabbage and onions progressed well, the harvesting of fresh and market spinach was active, and corn and sorghum planting preparations continued. In Hidalgo County, the harvesting of sugarcane, citrus, and vegetables, and row-crop planting came to a standstill due to frequent scattered showers. In Starr County, onions were progressing well. In Willacy County, light rain throughout the week held back sorghum planting.