Melvin Rutherford, a watermelon grower in Hawkins, said hot, sunny days over the next few weeks will have his 14-acre watermelon patch ready for Fourth of July festivities. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)
North Texas: Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels were mostly adequate. Hard rains fell with rainfall amounts of 1-4 inches. Nighttime temperatures were in the high 60s and has Bermuda grass growing well. Pastures, corn and sorghum all looked very good. Wheat and hay were being harvested.
New producers are entering the marketplace as the demand for crawfish grows around the state. Crawfish season typically runs from February to June, and peaks in demand between Lent and Easter. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)
Some areas of the state received relief from recent rains, while other water-stressed areas missed out. Some areas in East Texas were reporting losses due to excess water. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kathleen Phillips)
Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels ranged from mostly adequate to short with a few counties reporting surplus. Much needed rain fell with amounts ranging from 2-4 inches around the district. The challenge with excess rain and moisture could be preventing fungal development in crops and pasture grasses.
Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist from College Station, discusses hay storage options at the O.D. Butler Forage Field Day held recently at the Camp Cooley Ranch division of Circle X Land and Cattle Co. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
A corn field in Navarro County sits in standing water following a rain. Much of the state has been short on moisture, but experts said corn and sorghum crops looked good overall so far. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)