Cotton outlook better than last year but still a mixed bag
been a frustrating year for many, to say the least, he said.
There have been a number of challenges to all cotton growing areas throughout the state, Morgan noted. There was a late spring cold front in April that hurt emerged cotton and delayed planting in South and East Texas, for example. This problem, along with worsening of drought in practically all the state in the past few months, has raised the stress level for cotton growers.
there a good chance of rain Omega Watches For Women (for the Rolling Plains) later this week, Morgan said. dryland guys are definitely going to wait and see what happens before they start planting. for the South Plains, the region remains in an extreme to exceptional drought, he said. Some planting in irrigated Omega Constellation 60s
South Plains: Planting was slow to start because of the ongoing drought. Many producers were only planting in irrigated fields. Temperatures were a little cooler at the beginning of the week, with lows in the upper 20s in Bailey County and upper 30s in Lubbock County. A lot of producers were holding back on cropping decisions to see what the weather held, as there was rain predicted for the upcoming week. Some warm season grasses responded to the light moisture received a few weeks ago, as well as earlier snowfall, but with gusty winds, rising temperatures and no significant rain, those plants are drying out. Cattle were in mostly fair to good condition with supplemental feeding necessary in some pastures. Producers were Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Price
also rotating cattle off pastures without enough forage to carry the grazing pressure. The drought has significantly affected all agricultural operations.
fields began in early May, but record cold temperatures added to the biggest challenges high winds and the lack of water.
Rolling Plains: The region remained dry and windy. The winds dried topsoils to powder and turned pastures from green back to brown. Cattle were in good condition, and some producers were shipping stockers. Water levels were critical. The need for runoff to replenish lakes, tanks and ponds was critical. Some cotton producers were beginning to plant, but most will have to irrigate to get a stand. Others are waiting to plant because of low soil moisture. Although some wheat fields were ready for harvest, most winter wheat was being baled for hay or grazed Omega Seamaster 2000
Although time is limited, there still some hope for other parts of the state to catch up. In the Rolling Plains, those with irrigation have pre watered and were already planting, he said. As for Rolling Plains dryland producers, they will need a rain before they can hope to establish a crop. They have until mid June as a final planting window.
COLLEGE STATION Though recent rains improved the cotton outlook for some regions, it still a bag for the state overall, according to a Texas A AgriLife Extension Service expert.
The March predictions by the National Cotton Council were of a double digit percentage increase in plantings over 2013, and those still hold water, said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station.
West Central: Weather was warm and windy. Conditions remained extremely dry. Wildfire danger on rangeland continued to be a concern in all areas. Counties that were lucky enough to receive rain this month were showing some greening of pastures. Some planting of warm season forages was underway. Land preparations for grain sorghum and cotton planting continued. Cotton planting was expected to begin this week. The wheat harvest was also expected to begin soon. Harvestable wheat acres were expected to be very low with below average yields. Irrigated grain sorghum looked fair. Rangeland and pastures continued to decline in most areas because of drought and lack of soil moisture. Spring cattle work was ongoing. Livestock producers without wheat pastures continued supplemental feeding.
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still have some of the major cotton producing areas of the state Rolling Plains, South Plains and the Panhandle in either extreme or exceptional drought, he said.
out. Sorghum was being planted in some areas. Parker County reported that peaches and pecans looked good.
But rains have greatly improved things for the time being in South Texas, Central Texas, east of Interstate 35 and the Badlands, Morgan noted.
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