Cooler weather lets moisture soak in texas
Rainfall and cooler temperatures occurred throughout the state during the week ending July 21, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, July 22.
Areas of the High Plains, the Trans-Pecos, and South Texas received up to 1 inch of rain. Totals in areas of the Cross Timbers, Southern Low Plains, and the Edwards Plateau ranged from 5 inches up to 10 inches for the week.
Cooler temperatures and light winds helped moisture soak into the ground, providing a much needed boost to soil moisture levels.
Wheat harvest was complete for the state. Preparations for fall seedings were underway as weather permitted.
Corn and sorghum harvest activities in East Texas, South Central, South Texas, and the Upper Coast slowed due to rainfall. Irrigated cotton in the High Plains benefitted from the rain, and some producers were able to limit irrigation for a few days. Producers were concerned about accumulating adequate heat units. Cotton was flowering and had begun to set bolls in the Blacklands and East Texas.
Showers hampered watermelon harvest in South Texas. In the Edwards Plateau, pecans benefitted from recent moisture and some producers were able to turn off irrigation pumps.
Pastures across the state greatly benefitted from significant rainfall. In areas with good runoff, stock tank and pond levels improved. Hay conditions improved, and producers were optimistic that rains would boost chances of multiple cuttings this year.