Cooler spring didn’t stop weed flushes — only delayed them
Panhandle: Temperatures were below normal with a few scattered showers. Soil moisture continued to be rated mostly short to very short. The wheat harvest wound down. Corn was rapidly growing with the heat, and some fields were tasseling, though many were 10 days away from tasseling. Grain sorghum was behind in development, with plants 10-12 inches tall. Cotton was struggling, with many fields still not yet squaring.
Rolling Plains: After a week of below-normal temperatures, hot, dry, windy weather returned. All cotton stands were planted and becoming established, but rain was needed for crop development to proceed. Warm-season grasses on native ranges also needed moisture. Earlier rains in some counties replenished pastures and water tanks, but the dry weather reminded everyone that the region was still under drought conditions. Producers were chiseling wheat stubble fields where they could and trying to keep weeds under control. Area ponds and lakes were still in desperate need of runoff. Grasshoppers continued to be a nuisance.
South: There was very little rain received, with only a few counties reporting light showers. Willacy County was the exception with 0.25 to 1 inch received. Highs of 100 degrees and above continued to be recorded throughout the region, causing soil moisture levels to decline. Soil moisture levels were mostly short to adequate throughout the region, except adequate levels in Atascosa, Dimmit, Maverick and Cameron counties. Rangeland and pastures remained in fair shape, but forage quality deteriorated due to drought stress. Livestock producers continued providing supplemental feed to cattle. In Atascosa County, crops were doing well with some hay harvesting being done. In Frio County, peanut planting was completed, corn and sorghum were maturing, and irrigation increased. In Zavala County, cotton, corn, sorghum and guar progressed well with minor insect pressure. Also in that county, the cabbage harvest resumed, while watermelon and cantaloupe harvesting was ongoing. In Cameron County, the harvesting of grain sorghum halted and the corn harvest continued. In Starr County, hay baling continued, and producers were preparing to harvest cotton.
South Plains: A few counties received spotty showers. Lubbock and Garza counties reported from a trace to 0.5 inches. Parmer County had additional crop losses due to hail. Most of the region had considerably cooler temperatures, with highs in the 80s and low 90s. The exceptions were Mitchell and Scurry counties that had highs in the 100s. Most irrigated crops were doing well as long as farmers had enough water to pump. Peanuts were doing well under current conditions. Most were well into the bloom stage and setting pegs. Corn development ranged from emergence to tasseling. Cotton was from the seedling stage to a third-grown square. Early planted sunflowers were blooming. Replanting of failed cotton acres continued where there was enough soil moisture. Dryland crops were began to show signs of stress during the midday. Rangeland and pastures were much improved from earlier rains, but more rain was needed to sustain growth. Livestock mostly were in good condition.