John Norman, editor of Pest Cast Newsletter and retired Texas Extension entomologist saysmost of the week in the Lower Rio Grande Valley “was hot and dry with occasional sea-breeze-driven scattered showers thrown in for good measure. Most fields around the Valley received little or no rain, but a few isolated fields, particularly in southeastern Cameron County, received in excess of 4.5 inches.”

Norman says other spots in western Willacy County received more than 1.5 inches.

“Grain sorghum and corn harvests were continuing with most of the grain harvest finished,” he said. “Corn still has a little ways to go and cotton harvest will probably go to near the end of August.

He says many cotton fields were scheduled for defoliation this week and even more will be next week. “Harvest was increasing, but most of the area fields will not be harvested for at least another two weeks. A few fields were being irrigated for the final time this week.

He says Whiteflieswere about the only pest of concern in less-than-mature cotton.