Mostly dry and warm weather prevailed across the state during the week ending March 31, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Southern Plains Regional Field Office, Texas. The only significant rains were experienced in the Upper Coast, the Coastal Bend, South Texas and the Lower Valley, where precipitation ranged from trace amounts up to 2 inches. The rest of the state recorded little to no rainfall. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Wheat conditions improved in the High Plains. Some wheat fields in the Southern Low Plains showed signs of freeze damage. Rust was found in some fields in the Cross Timbers. Small grains were progressing in the Blacklands and the Edwards Plateau.

Producers in the Southern High Plains and the Northern Low Plains were preparing fields for planting season. Corn and sorghum planting continued in the Blacklands, the Edwards Plateau and the Upper Coast. Corn was emerging in the Cross Timbers, South Central Texas, the Blacklands, the Coastal Bend and South Texas. Alfalfa weevils were spotted in areas of the Trans-Pecos.

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