Most parts of state remain dry
Portions of East Texas, South Texas, and the Lower Valley experienced scattered showers during the week ending Nov. 25 with some areas recording up to one inch of rainfall, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, Nov. 26.
Most other areas of the state remained dry.
Winter wheat seeding was starting to wind down in most areas and oats seeding was mostly complete around the state. Most fields had emerged and livestock grazing was underway on some early-planted fields. In many areas, small grains were greatly in need of additional moisture, although irrigation was active where possible. Some fields had failed to germinate and others were showing signs of drought stress.
Cotton harvest was ongoing in the Plains and the Trans-Pecos, aided by dry weather. Some producers were continuing to destroy failed cotton crops. Sorghum and soybean harvest continued in the High Plains. Elsewhere, harvest activities were mostly complete. Corn and sorghum stalks were being chopped for hay in some areas. Many producers were preparing the soil for the next crop season.
Cabbage and spinach harvest was active in South Texas. Producers were busy shipping fresh market spinach. In the Lower Valley, harvest of fall vegetables, citrus, and sugarcane continued. In the Trans-Pecos, chili and pumpkin harvest had mostly wrapped up.
Winter pastures had emerged in most areas but grasses were drying out quickly due to a prolonged shortage of moisture. Lack of rainfall was also hindering the re-growth of grazed fields with some pastures going dormant. Some livestock producers found forage to be unavailable and had begun winter feeding of hay and supplements. Body condition scores on cattle were reported to be mostly fair to good, though the change in weather was having a negative effect on some herds.