Despite rains, many Texas reservoirs remain critically low
Panhandle: Temperatures were up and down, but generally, days were mild and nights cool. Some moisture was received early in the week. Amounts ranged from a trace to a little more than 1 inch. The corn and sorghum harvests were winding down. The harvesting of cotton began in some counties. Winter wheat planting continued, with earlier plantings being irrigated. Sunflowers were also being harvested. Rangeland and pastures were mostly in fair condition. Hansford County reported pastures were showing much better cover and seed crop than the last two years. Cattle on pasture were in good shape.
Rolling Plains: Cool, damp weather prevailed, with some areas receiving rain. The rain helped pastures, rangeland and winter wheat, but put a damper on the cotton harvest. Only a small percentage of cotton was harvested, but producers were gearing up to begin harvesting on a large scale within a week. Northern parts of the region had a hard freeze, which was what cotton growers were waiting for. With the cotton crop two to three weeks late, producers had only defoliated a few acres that were ready to harvest, and were holding off on the rest in hopes of a late freeze. The cotton crop looked promising, especially after the past couple of years without a crop. For the counties that received moisture, winter wheat was coming along very nicely. However, counties that missed out on the rain reported wheat was starting to show moisture stress. Wheat pastures needed more root development before allowing grazing. Pastures were in the same need of moisture as winter grasses and forages began to emerge. Fall cattle work wound down. The grain sorghum harvest was ongoing. Lakes and stock tanks needed runoff.
South: Soil-moisture conditions were short to adequate throughout the region. The northern counties had mild and humid weather with some light showers. The peanut harvest was ongoing, as was the planting of wheat and oats. Rangeland and pastures generally remained in fair to good condition, with some areas still suffering from drought. Shorter days and cooler temperatures limited warm-season grass growth. Body condition scores on cattle remained good to fair. In the western part of the district, conditions remained favorable, but the counties there could definitely use more rain. Soil-moisture conditions were reported as mostly short. The baby spinach harvest was expected to begin soon. More spinach was being planted. Onions, wheat and oats all made significant progress. The pecan harvest was completed for the season at week’s end in some areas. Rangeland and pastures on the better-managed ranches had good grazing. Some stock tanks were full while others were completely dry. Ranchers with higher stocking levels were increasing supplemental feeding. Most ranches continued to be de-stocked or very lightly stocked. Cabbage harvesting was active. The eastern counties received 2 to 4 inches of rain. The southern part of the region had mild weather with 0.5 to 2.5 inches of rain. Fall vegetable crops were progressing well.
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