Jack Frost continues to take bites out of Texas wheat
Southwest: Recent showers came to some areas, but passed over others. Cooler temperatures slowed Bermuda grass growth. Cotton farmers sped up planting. Corn and grain sorghum fields were being cultivated and irrigated. Rangeland continue to be dry.
West Central: Temperatures were up and down with mild days and cool nights. Wildfire danger remained extremely high due to continued warm, dry and windy conditions. Light rains were reported in several areas, but none were significant. Soil-moisture levels continued to decline, which was a big concern for spring and summer crops. Field preparations for summer forage planting was under way. Producers were applying yellow herbicides (dinitroaniline) in preparation for cotton planting. Sorghum planting began. Corn planting was finished, and the crop was off to a good start under irrigation. Some dryland grain crops will have to be harvested to satisfy insurance claims. Rangeland and pastures continued to decline due to lack of moisture. A late frost set back forbs and grasses needed for grazing. Stock-tank water levels remained down.
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