Posted: Jan 14, 2014 4:54 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2014 4:54 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension Service for the week of Jan. 14:
Central: Sporadic winter weather made crop conditions fluctuate. Some oats and wheat were damaged by freezing weather in December. Stock-tank water levels were getting low. Pecan yields were very low, averaging 350 pounds per acre.
Coastal Bend: The region was misty, rainy and cold most of the week. Temperatures were at freezing or a degree below at times. Growers continued preparing fields for spring crops where conditions permitted. Recent rains were expected to generate new growth in winter pastures and cool-season row crops. However, many livestock ponds remained low and needed runoff from a major rain. Some areas got from 1 inch to 3 inches of rain. Hayfield aeration tillage continued. Slow rains associated with fronts have brought slow drizzling rain to western counties. This made an excess of moisture on the topsoil for a few days. For some areas, December was extremely dry, and soil moisture conditions greatly diminished.
East: The region experienced very cold temperatures. Heavy frosts slowed forage growth. Some counties reported freeze damage to winter pastures. Soil-moisture levels remained adequate. Ponds were full, and some pastures had standing water. Preparation of fields for vegetable planting was hampered due to the wet conditions. Panola County reported abundant moisture, allowing a recharge of the aquifer. Cattle were in good shape. Producers were feeding more hay than normal. The calving season continued. Feral hogs were active.
Far West: Mornings were cool and afternoons warm. About 85 percent of grain sorghum was harvested in some areas. The cotton and pecan harvests were completed. Producers were readying fields for the upcoming cotton season. With pasture grasses dormant, ranchers had to provide supplemental feeding and large amounts of minerals.
North: Topsoil moisture was adequate across the region, with surplus moisture in some counties. The week started out very cold with a strong arctic front that brought drizzle and rain, which deterred most farming activity. Fields in several counties remained wet and mostly inaccessible due to muddy conditions. Wheat was in fair to good condition. Grayson County reported problems with wheat yellowing due to fertility issues and wet soils. Livestock were generally in good condition with supplemental feeding. Camp, Kaufman and Morris counties reported damage to fields by feral hogs.
Panhandle: Temperatures were all over the place, below average early in the week, near average in mid-week and above normal by the weekend. Soil-moisture levels continued to be mostly short to very short. Hansford County reported 2 inches of snow Jan. 11. The cotton harvest was completed. Irrigated wheat was in fair to good shape. Rangeland and pastures were in very poor to poor condition, with most counties reporting very poor. Cattle were in fair condition with continued supplemental feeding.
Rolling Plains: Dry, windy conditions continued. The cotton harvest was nearly completed, and farmers were plowing fields and cutting stalks. Livestock producers were providing heavy supplemental feeding to cattle. Most early planted wheat had emerged but needed rain. Cattle already grazing wheat were doing well. Rangeland and pastures were in fair to good condition. The need for runoff water to replenish tanks and ponds was ongoing.