South Plains: Most of the region had warm, windy and dry weather. Some areas received spotty showers, with rainfall totals ranging from a trace to 0.8 inch. Several of the storms contained hail. Hale County producers were dealing with sand and soil crusting from last week’s storms. Producers throughout the region were running sand-fighting equipment to try to hold on to the topsoil. Weed and pest management was ongoing. Some producers were replanting sorghum where other crops were either hailed-out, blown out or lost to drought conditions. Irrigation was going full blast where water was available. Much of the cotton was fruiting with older cotton beginning to square. In parts of the region, rangeland and pastures continued to progress well, and cattle were in mostly good condition.
Southeast: In Brazos County, soil moisture was at acceptable levels, and everything looked good. Brazoria County had light, scattered showers with southerly winds and highs approaching 100 degrees. Rice, sorghum, cotton and corn were in excellent condition, but hay fields and pastures needed rain. Jefferson County received 1 inch to 2 inches of rain, but the area was quickly drying out with high temperatures in the 90s.
Southwest: A few counties saw temporary drought relief for pastures and forages thanks to scattered showers, but overall conditions remained very dry. Grasshopper pressure was high. Forbs and grasses went dormant and produced seed. Even brush was showing signs of heat and water stress, and was losing color. Many brush species were producing seed. Pastures continued to deteriorate, and and row crops began to show moisture stress. Cattle restocking rates remained low. Corn was drying down. Cotton began to set bolls.
West Central: Rangeland and pastures continue to decline due to the hot, dry, windy weather. Temperatures were expected to rise into the triple-digit zone in the coming weeks. A few areas reported scattered showers that benefited cotton, grain sorghum crops and pastures. Haygrazer was in good to excellent condition. Some producers began cutting and baling hay. Cotton planting was nearly complete. Producers were irrigating where possible. Dryland cotton was off to a good start. Sorghum in some areas began to show signs of moisture stress. Prussic acid and nitrate toxicity were becoming concern. Large grasshopper populations were damaging crops. Livestock remained in good condition, though herd numbers were still down. Most producers were not expected to rebuild herds to previous numbers due to slow pasture recovery and price of replacement heifers. Pecans looked strong, with irrigation of orchards under way.