December 13, 2010 Moisture Is Becoming Critical
While cotton producers in the Rolling Plains took advantage of the dry weather to finish up harvesting, the dry conditions are creating problems for local livestock grazing and wheat producers.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s report on December 9, those parts of the state that were either experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions expanded both northward and southward in the last week.
Last week the abnormally dry areas were confined to counties south of U.S. Interstate 20, and much of extreme South Texas was considered normal. This week, the abnormally dry areas spread as far north as Wichita Falls and Lubbock, and as far south as McAllen and Harlingen.
Local wheat producers are seeing marginal and spotty stands in wheat that was late seeded due to moisture stress and several stockers are already supplementing wheat pastures.
The current Texas Drought Monitor is shown here, tx_dm.