Despite rains, many Texas reservoirs remain critically low
The water resources institute is a part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.
More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/ .
AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled the following summaries:
The 12 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Districts
Central: Small grains looked good but needed more moisture. Stock tanks and lakes needed runoff. Hay producers were taking a last cutting. The pecan harvest was sporadic.
Coastal Bend: Conditions in parts of the region improved after recent rains. The areas reporting wet conditions were building good soil-moisture levels for the next crop season. Growers continued to prepare for spring planting, reserving seed and applying fertilizer. Volunteer cotton was an issue in some places. Most farmers will need to resort to chemical control to kill cotton-stalk regrowth and seedlings. The ratoon rice harvest was interrupted by rain. Where rain was received, pastures continued to improve. However, pastures in other areas were deteriorating. Where there was soil moisture, producers were planting winter pastures. In some instances, producers were trying to take a last cutting of hay. Ponds were full in many areas. The pecan harvest was ongoing with fair yields reported.
East: All parts of the region received rain as a cold front moved through. Soil-moisture levels rose. Pond and creek levels were replenished. Heavy rain in some areas caused flooding. With the rain and cooler temperatures, winter pastures made good progress. Some producers expected to have their cattle grazing winter pastures by mid-November. Hay harvesting was mostly completed. A few producers had hoped for dry weather to get a final cutting. Livestock were in good shape with some receiving supplemental feeding. Cattle were calving, and calves were being weaned. Feral hogs were on the move and very active.
Far West: Fall weather arrived with the first freeze on Nov. 6. The cooler weather caused trees and grasses to enter dormancy, while winter forbs emerged after recent rains. Farmers were actively harvesting cotton. Alfalfa growers were about to take a final cutting. Pecan growers were preparing equipment for harvest.
North: Soil-moisture levels ranged from adequate to surplus. Across the region, rainfall averaged 0.5 inch to 2 inches. Daytime temperatures dropped into the 50s and 60s, and many counties had their first hard frost, with nighttime lows in the mid-30s. With lower temperatures, warm-season forages became dormant. The rain was very beneficial for small grains and winter annual pastures, but soils in some areas were saturated, which slowed down planting of small grains. In Hunt County, for example, only 10 percent of the intended wheat acres was planted due to wet conditions. Stock ponds in many counties were full to overflowing. Livestock were in good condition. Titus County reported increased feral hog activity.
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