Southwest: The region remained completely dry, with nearly 60 days since the last rain of about 0.2 inch. Red alerts continue to be issued throughout the region with flashing signs banning open fires and warnings of extreme wildfire risk. Hot weather with mid-afternoon temperatures in the low 90s and high, dry winds increased the risk of roadside and field fires. San Antonio was in Stage 1 water rationing. Spring wheat under irrigation made good progress. Irrigated corn, sorghum, peanuts, sunflowers and cotton were all doing well, but dryland spring crops failed. The harvesting of cabbage, lettuce and spinach began to wind down. Onions, cantaloupes, watermelons, green beans, potatoes and sweet corn made good progress under heavy irrigation. Pastures and rangeland grasses remained brown and dormant. Forage availability was below average.
West Central: Hot, dry, windy conditions continued, making the danger of wildfire extremely high. Fires continued to break out and spread across the region. A few areas have reported spotty showers, which may lower the risk of wildfires somewhat and aid spring plantings. Most small-grain acreage has been released for grazing by crop-insurance adjusters. Rangeland and pastures were in poor condition. Stock-water tank levels were critically low. Livestock producers were still having to provide supplemental feeding due to poor foliage quality. Some were selling off livestock in order to decrease stocking rates. Pecan growers were working in orchards.