Fifty percent chance of La Niña's return
South Plains: All counties remained under burn bans. There were continued high temperatures in the triple digits, averaging 27 heat units per day, with little to no rainfall. The remaining irrigated crops were stressed. Many cotton fields were rapidly moving into cut-out stage, and some growers now expect to harvest in September. The big question for producers was when to terminate irrigation without risking significant yield and quality loss. Cattle were being sold off due to lack of forage and short supplies of hay and water. Some locations are relying on miles of water lines to supply cattle. Local state and federal committees were applying for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Emergency Conservation Program aid for waterlines, wells and trough construction.
Southeast: Weather remained hot and dry throughout the region. Most stock tanks were nearly dry in Burleson County.
Southwest: The region remained almost completely dry. Record high or near-record high temperatures of above 100 degrees aggravated the drought. The entire region remained in wildfire-alert status. Many stock tanks were dry and water levels of some wells were low. Forage availability remained far below average for this time of the year. The corn and sorghum harvests were finished. The cotton, watermelon and cantaloupe harvests were ongoing. Some sweet corn was planted for an early fall harvest. Peanuts, pecans and landscape nursery crops continue to make good progress wherever irrigation water was still available. Ranchers continued to provide supplemental feeding for livestock.
West Central: Extremely hot, dry conditions prevailed with no relief forecast. Record-breaking temperatures took a toll on crops, livestock, pastures and wildlife throughout the region. Irrigated cotton remained in fair condition, but producers were having a hard time keeping up with water demands. Some irrigation wells went dry. Other field crops failed, and producers were making insurance claims. Pastures and rangeland were in poor condition. Most producers were out of grazing and water for livestock, and they continued to cull herds. More ranchers were selling out entirely.