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South Plains: The region’s weather was windy and mostly warm, though temperatures fluctuated from a low of 24 degrees on March 11 to a high of 88 degrees on March 15. There was no rain reported for the month to date. Farmers continued preparing fields for planting, applying fertilizer and herbicides, and listing rows. Wheat was jointing. Dryland wheat was in fair condition, with some irrigated fields looking good. Cattle remained mostly in fair to good condition, with ranchers having to provide supplemental feed on colder days because of limited grazing.
Southeast: For most of the region, the weather was dry and windy, with crop conditions varying throughout the region. In Brazos County, crops and Bermuda grass pastures progressed well as days began to warm up. Lee County corn needed water In Chambers County, some rice was planted ahead of the March 15 crop insurance deadline, some rice was planted ahead of the March 15 crop insurance deadline. All sorghum and soybeans were planted. In Burleson County, mild temperatures and sufficient soil-moisture promoted pasture growth, but most counties reported dry conditions.
Southwest: Recent rains and hail brought moisture to some parts of the Hill Country. Wheat was not looking good, and pasture conditions declined. Mesquite trees were budding out. Farmers were planting milo and were nearly finished planting corn. Livestock producers continued supplementing cattle with hay and protein.
West Central: The region remained dry with warm days and cool nights. Drought took its toll on rangeland and crops as soils continued to dry out. Rangeland wildfires continued to be a big concern in all areas. Wheat and oats began to turn brown. Warm weather caused spring forages to green up early. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding of cattle. Stock-tank water levels were very critical, and some producers were hauling water to livestock.