In some areas, accumulations were heavy. From May 27 through June 10, some parts of the Coastal Bend and East Texas received 8 inches or more of rain, according to the National Weather Service’s precipitation analysis.
Amounts were less for other parts of the state, according to the analysis, but 2- to 4-inch totals were common throughout the Rolling Plains, South Plains and Panhandle.
Despite the rains, extreme to exceptional drought conditions persisted throughout the plains regions, while Central Texas remained in the grip of severe to moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
But condition reports from AgriLife Extension county agents showed planting continuing and crops progressing. Warmer weather in conjunction with the moisture improved pasture and rangeland as well, and stimulated the growth of warm-season annual grasses. In some instances, farmers who had been holding off planting in dry soil were rushing to meet crop insurance deadlines.
“We are getting close to being done with planting,” said Tom Yeater, AgriLife Extension agent for Howard County, northeast of Midland. “Area farmers have been burning the diesel this past week trying to get all the planting done by June 10 for insurance. So far so good.”
Mark Brown, AgriLife Extension agent for Lubbock County, reported, “Producers worked hard this week to complete 2014 planting operations. The vast majority of cotton fields were planted by the June 5 insurance planting deadline. Rainfall amounts for June 7 ranged from 1 to 2 inches across the county.”
From AgriLife Extension in Scurry County, Gregory Gruben reported, “Cotton planting really got going this week, producers are planting as fast as they can. We have a chance of rain this weekend. We will see what happens, but we still need more rainfall.”
More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/ .