Panhandle: The region continued to be rainless, but had cooler temperatures. The cooler weather helped ease some of the stress on cattle. Soil-moisture levels were from very short to short, with most counties reporting very short. Cotton was reported in mostly fair to poor condition. For the most part, cotton was suffering from a lack of water during the time when moisture was needed for boll set. Insect activity was very light. Rangeland and pastures were in mostly very poor condition. Livestock producers continued to reduce herds and to wean calves early. Supplemental feeding of livestock was also ongoing, with hay needs increasing and supplies very short. Most hay fed was trucked in from out of the region.
Rolling Plains: Cooler weather arrived. After nearly 100 days of 100-plus temperatures, a cold front brought 50s in the mornings and 80s in the afternoons. Some counties even reported a few showers, but most of the region remained dry, with the drought continuing and the wildfire danger high. Wildfires destroyed 6,500 acres, 40 structures and nine recreational vehicles this week in Palo Pinto County alone. Significant wildfire damage was also sustained in Wise County from recent fire, with 500 acres burned and several homes and outbuildings destroyed. A fire in Montague County burned 1,100 acres. Producers were still culling herds. Having enough water for livestock was an issue for many. Hay was being trucked in from all over the mid-western U.S. Remaining livestock were being given supplemental feed. The cotton crop was expected to be sparse. Even the fields under irrigation were not expected to produce much. Farmers needed moisture to prepare fields for wheat planting.
South: Rangeland, pastures and soil moisture remained in very poor condition throughout the region. Hay supplies were beginning to run short, and prices were increasing. With many pastures looking like bare ground, livestock producers had to provide even more supplemental feed for cattle. The high cattle numbers being sold at auction barns caused a decline on cattle prices. Temperatures ranged from the high 90s to 104 degrees. Coupled with high winds, the heat meant wild fires were breaking out throughout the region. The cotton harvest in Frio County was completed. Peanuts under irrigation in that area remained in good condition. In Zavala County, land preparation for planting wheat and oats were under way. In Cameron County, growers continued irrigating some citrus groves and sugarcane fields. In Hidalgo County, corn was being planted, and most cotton had been harvested.