AgriLife agronomist: Crop prospects not good at this time
South Plains: The region had warmer weather, but conditions remained dry to very dry. Producers continued preparing for spring planting. Winter wheat was in fair condition and in need of rain. Irrigated wheat was growing slowly. Pasture and rangeland were in poor condition and in need of rain. Supplemental feeding of cattle was ongoing.
Southeast: Soil moisture throughout the region varied widely, mostly in the adequate range, but with a few counties reporting from 30 percent very short to as much as 90 percent adequate. Rangeland and pasture ratings varied widely too, from very poor to excellent, with good to fair ratings being the most common. Brazoria County continued to be dry and windy. Livestock there were in fair to good condition with some ranchers still feeding hay. In Chambers County, it was dry enough for some to work ground. In Galveston County, there was a large emergence of cool spring broadleaf weeds. In Orange County, significant rain was received across the county. In Walker County, plum trees were blooming, and cool-season forages were looking good. Brazos County producers reported excellent field conditions and were slowly starting to plant corn.
Southwest: Dry conditions continued to reduce soil and subsoil moisture throughout the area. Winter wheat and oats remained in good condition. Spring plantings of corn and grain sorghum were expected to begin soon. Peach trees were blooming. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued.
West Central: Very warm, dry and windy conditions persisted throughout the week, drying out soils. Temperatures were unseasonably warm in most areas. Field activity was underway in preparation for spring planting. Some producers were spraying winter weeds. Crops were showing signs of stress due to lack of moisture. Wheat was beginning to break dormancy with the warmer days. Livestock remained in fair condition. Stock tank water levels continued to drop, and livestock water was in very short supply. Supplemental feeding continued to increase.
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