Southeast: Temperatures were above average with high humidity. Many parts of the region received from 1.5 to as much as 6 inches of rain over the last couple of weeks. Stock ponds were filling up. Soil moisture conditions were improving. With rains falling in the northern Brazos valley, the Brazos River was once again flowing. Lake levels to the north also rose, which improved the outlook for rice production in the lower Brazos River Basin. However, water companies had not yet indicated that water will be available for rice for the 2012 crop. Cattle producers report that drought-killed trees were being felled by high winds and were falling on fences, causing extensive damage. Though pastures improved from the rain, they still had a long way to go to full recovery. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding of cattle that they had kept through the drought.
Southwest: As much as 2 inches of rain fell in some areas. The rain and warm weather greatly accelerated winter pasture growth. Topsoil moisture improved. Small grain pastures seemed to be slow going and were being moderately grazed. Winter wheat made good progress. Farmers were preparing to plant corn and sorghum. Trees were on the verge of budding. Lambing and kidding were under way. Livestock producers were maintaining herd numbers for now, and supplemental feeding of cattle continued in some areas.
South Plains: Most counties reported no precipitation, above-average temperatures and windy conditions.Winter wheat was struggling due to the drought. Farmers were performing some field preparations for spring planting where conditions allowed. Pasture and rangeland needed moisture.
West Central: Temperatures were very mild with warm days and cool nights. Farmers were preparing land for spring planting as weather permitted. Winter wheat improved with the recent moisture and warm temperatures. Some areas reported Hessian fly infestations. Rangeland and pastures continued to improve with the growth of cool-season grasses and winter weeds. Livestock owners continued supplemental feeding of cattle. Many producers who were lambing and kidding reported predator problems.