Southeast: Most counties reporting had rain and cooler weather, which slowed down warm-season forage growth. Rain amounts from the counties reporting ranged from 1 inch to 2 inches. Soil-moisture levels throughout the region varied widely, but were mostly adequate, with some counties reporting from 20 to as much as 70 percent surplus moisture. Rangeland and pasture conditions varied widely too—even within counties—from poor to excellent, with fair to good ratings being the most common. Brazoria County livestock were doing great. Orange County experienced a hard frost, which was followed by a warming trend.
Southwest: Recent rains improved rangeland, pastures and row crops. Some counties reported temperatures dropping into the 30s and 40s. The corn and cotton harvests were finished. Early plantings of wheat and oats for grazing were doing well. Pecan harvest reports were mixed, but most growers had a major drop in production to no production at all. Overall, livestock continued to remain in very good condition because of an abundance of available forage. The hunting season was going well with the deer rut winding down.
West Central: Late last week ended with icy, wet and cold weather, but this week had milder conditions. Soil-moisture levels remained adequate in most areas. Wheat benefited from the earlier moisture. The cotton harvest was on hold in many areas because of wet conditions, but yields of already harvested cotton varied from average to below average. Farmers were hoping to get back to stripping cotton and planting winter wheat as soon as the weather permitted. Small grains were doing well but growing slowly due to low temperatures. Some limited grazing of small grains started this week. Rangeland and pastures remained in fair to good condition due to winter weed and cool-season grass growth. Bermuda grass went dormant, putting an end to haying for the year. Livestock were in fair to good condition, with supplemental feeding increasing. Cattle prices were very high, which was good for those selling calves but bad for ranchers trying to restock. The pecan harvest was ongoing with light yields.