Southeast: No rain came this last week, and many counties were extremely dry. Wheat was not looking good at all. Some wheat headed out early when it was only about 15 inches tall. Rice planting continued despite of dry conditions. Pasture conditions continued to decline under the prolonged drought. The condition of livestock slipped, even though producers continued supplying hay and other supplemental feeds.
Southwest: Thunderstorms brought 1 inch to 2 inches of rain to parts of Bandera and Blanco counties, but the rest of the region remained very dry. High, dry winds continued to aggravate the drought and increase the number of roadside fires. Only very few small patches of bluebonnets, which are normally abundant at this time of the year, have appeared. The incidence of motor vehicle and wildlife collisions along roadsides continued to increase. Irrigated corn, sorghum and cotton fields made good progress. Rain will be needed very soon to allow dryland crops to progress. Growers were harvesting cabbage and spinach. Onions made excellent progress. Cantaloupes, watermelons, green beans and sweet corn were planted and began to emerge in irrigated fields. Most pastures and rangeland showed some signs of green but most remained dormant due to the dry spell. Forage availability was below average.
West Central: Warm, dry, windy conditions continued to deplete soil moisture. Wildfire was a big concern in all areas. Producers were preparing land for spring crops. Some producers were applying herbicides for spring-weed control on cotton fields. Dryland wheat remained in poor condition due to lack of moisture, but irrigated fields were doing well. Trees began to bud out and bloom. Rangeland and pasture grasses greened up.