Central Texas wheat took a freeze hit, but it could be worse
Southwest: Widespread showers and thunderstorms brought 1 inch to 6 inches of rain, alleviating drought stress, and helping spring-grass growth and field crops. Farmers finished planting corn and were preparing cotton fields. Rangeland and pastures improved, but were still slightly below average and lacked adequate moisture for grass growth. As a result, livestock producers had to continue supplemental feeding of cattle.
West Central: Daytime temperatures were cool and nights cold. There were scattered light showers in isolated areas. Freezing temperatures may have done some damage to crops, but how much damage won’t be known for several days. Light freeze damage was reported noted on early, ungrazed wheat. In some areas, the freeze also set back pasture grasses that were trying to break dormancy. Most wheat crops had failed due to the ongoing drought. Grain sorghum planting was under way where soil-moisture levels permitted. Rangeland and pastures improved as grasses greened up and forbs emerged, but livestock producers had to increase supplemental feeding again. Stock-tank levels were critically low. Beef cattle numbers continued to decline as herds were culled due to the extreme drought conditions.
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