Texas climatologist expects hot, dry summer, relief in the fall
Southeast: Soil moisture throughout the region varied widely, with most counties reporting adequate, but with some reporting from 60 percent short to as much as 80 percent surplus. Rangeland and pastures varied widely too, from poor to excellent, with poor to fair ratings being the most common. Some counties received precipitation, but it was scattered and light. Temperatures ranged from mild to near freezing throughout the week. Summer pastures remained dormant. Brazoria County received some precipitation, but it was lost quickly to dry weather and high winds. Livestock were in fair condition and pastures remained dormant. In Chambers County, topsoil moisture drastically varied part of the county to another due showers. Fort Bend County had scattered showers early in the week with temperatures in the low 30s and high 60s. Cold and cloudy conditions in Montgomery County increased livestock need for hay. A few producers had oversold their hay supplies and were now looking for hay to buy. Harris County farmers pulled rows together for corn and sorghum planting.
Southwest: The region had cold, wintery weather with very little moisture. A few counties reported freezing rain, sleet and snow, stopping fieldwork for several days. Overall, winter wheat and oats remained in good condition, however recent hard freezes and the lack of rain caused some minor crop damage in some areas. Dry conditions persisted across the region. Livestock were in fair condition and supplemental feeding continued.
West Central: Temperature fluctuations were hard on all livestock. There had been no significant rainfall or moisture in more than 60 days. The extremely dry conditions further increased wildfire danger. Producers were able to get some fieldwork done over the weekend as temperature rose for two days before the cold weather. Some producers continued to plant winter wheat. Earlier planted wheat was in good condition. Some producers were having problems with deer grazing the wheat down. Rangeland and pastures continue to decline. Forages had very little growth and were showing signs of drought stress. Livestock remained in fair condition. Stock tank levels were dropping and producers had to break ice for livestock due to continual freezing weather. Wheat and oats were providing little to no supplemental grazing. Livestock producers continued heavy supplemental feeding of protein and hay.
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