Coastal Bend: In the northern part of the region, afternoon and early evening thundershowers brought much needed rain and lower temperatures. Cotton was blooming, and sorghum was changing colors. Producers were baling hay. However, in the southern part of the region extremely dry conditions prevailed. Many corn and grain sorghum fields were total losses. Pastures were dry, with only one cutting of hay taken to-date. Herd liquidation was ongoing. Ranchers continued supplemental feeding of hay where the stocking rates were high and pasture conditions low. Pecans looked good.
East: Rainfall ranged from zero to as much as 3 inches. Pastures remained in good condition. Weeds were a problem in pastures due to overgrazing last year. Heavy infestations of grasshoppers were reported. Cattle were in good condition with spring calves making good growth. Fly populations were increasing. Fruit and vegetable growers reported above-normal yields. Feral hogs continued to be a problem. In Houston County, early planted cotton was in excellent condition. Later planted cotton was approaching the first-square stage.
Far West: The region remained hot, dry and windy with highs in the 100s and lows in the mid-70s. Midland County reported a light rain with about a 0.5-inch accumulation. In Ward County, winds reached 20-30 mph. Parts of Val Verde County had 0.2 inches of rain. Glasscock County pastures remained green, but needed more moisture. Most rangeland and pastures were beginning to turn yellow and brown from heat stress. In Ward County, young cotton plants were growing. In Hudspeth County, the oat harvest was mostly finished, with most of the crop being baled for hay. In Howard County, thousands of acres of cotton plants were blown out by high winds. Livestock producers were weaning and selling calves early to reduce feeding costs, and save grass and water.
North: Rain over the last two weeks helped pastures and hay meadows tremendously, but soil-moisture levels remained short to adequate. Hay supplies were much better compared to last year during the drought. All wheat and oats were harvested, with above-average yields of about 65 bushels per acre. There are some reports of fields that averaged more than 80 bushels per acre. Most corn looked very good at this time. Some fields showed damage from last week’s winds from storms. The damage was mostly confined to the edges of fields. The wheat harvest was wrapping up, and producers in all areas were baling hay. Soybeans were in fair to excellent condition. The oat harvest was nearly complete. Cotton was in fair to good condition. Sunflowers were maturing or drying down. Growers were expecting bumper corn and grain sorghum crops. Livestock were in fair to good condition. Grasshopper pressure remained extremely high. The populations of cicada killer wasps, red velvet ants and grasshoppers increased in some areas. Vegetable growers reported problems due to lack of pollination.