Cooler spring didn’t stop weed flushes — only delayed them
Southeast: Soil moisture ranged from very short to short across the region. Extremely high temperatures in some counties stressed all plants, while cooler temperatures prevailed in Burleson County. Walker and Waller counties received a little rain, but pastures remained extremely dry and hay was not being made. Cows were struggling to find anything green in that part of the region. Grasshoppers were still causing problems in many parts of the area. Brazoria County was very dry, with highs in the upper 90s and the lows in the 70s. In Chambers County, crops were progressing well despite dry conditions, and producers were expecting to take a second cutting of hay soon. Liberty County had some scattered showers but no significant rain. Orange County conditions were good thanks to some rain. Adequate soil moisture in that county was supporting good forage growth, but more rainfall was needed. Overall, rice was in good to excellent condition.
Southwest: Hot, dry windy conditions dried out crops and pastures. However, rangeland and pastures remained in fair to good condition. Corn and grain sorghum were stressed from lack of moisture but were still expected to finish. Hayfields needed a rain for a chance of a second cutting. Dryland grain sorghum was doing great in some areas. Most sunflowers were being harvested with good yields reported. Livestock remained in good condition, but horn flies were becoming an increasing problem.
West Central: Days were dry, hot and windy with mild nights. The entire region continued to suffer from extreme drought. Grasshoppers remained a big problem for producers. Cotton and grain sorghum were progressing well but will need rain soon to continue good growth. Some producers were harvesting hay with average yields reported. Rangeland and pastures continued to decline. Livestock remained in fair to good condition. Stock-water tank and pond levels continued to drop. Some water sources dried up.
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