Central Texas wheat took a freeze hit, but it could be worse
Central: There were good rains, with accumulations from 1.5 inch to 6 inches. Significant freeze damage to wheat and oats was reported in some areas. Some producers were wondering whether or not to bale wheat or take it to harvest. They were also in contact with their insurance agents. Fruit trees suffered freeze damage as well.
Coastal Bend: Some areas reported rain, but accumulations varied widely, from as little as 0.1 inch to as much as 4 inches. About half of DeWitt County got from 1 inch to 3 inches, while the rest of the county received only trace amounts. In Wharton County, rainstorms were also fickle, with the north end of the county getting from 2.5 to almost 4 inches, while the southern part of the county got as little as 0.3 inch. The county got some golf-ball size hail with the rain. The extent of any damage to corn, sorghum, and cotton fields, if any, was not yet determined. Karnes County had limited rainfall in the last two months, but it was enough to cause corn to emerge. Refugio County farmers mostly completed planting and continued to hope for rain. Livestock producers were considering selling out because of the drought. San Patricio County did not get rain, and producers were dry-planting the rest of their cotton fields. Corn and grain sorghum were up but some stands are not uniform. Livestock producers there were also selling off cattle due to poor pasture conditions.
East: Most counties reported from 1 inch to 4 inches of rain, which improved soil-moisture conditions, as well as lake and pond levels. Many farmers were fertilizing hay fields. Warm-season vegetables and grasses continued to be planted. With more acreage planted this year, truck farmers were in full swing planting and harvesting cool-season vegetables. Weed control was under way. Winter pastures were still growing well, allowing producers to feed less hay. Cattle were in good shape, and calves were growing well. Livestock producers turned bulls out for rebreeding. Feral hogs were active.
Far West: The region had warm days and chilly nights. In some counties, scattered showers accompanied cold fronts, with accumulations varying from a trace to 1 inch. Cotton farmers continued to prepare fields for planting. Alfalfa producers had or were about to take their first cuttings. Livestock producers were in the middle of spring branding. Mother cows were generally in fair to poor shape with those with larger calves losing condition faster. Stocker cattle were doing fairly well with little sickness or poisonous weed problems reported.
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