What is in this article?:
- More rain came to most of Texas, improving drought-damaged pastures and rangeland.
- The rains greatly improved the agricultural situation.
- Many areas still need rain.
Warm weather and March rains brought on lush growth of grass, small grains and weeds, which provided good grazing for these San Angelo area sheep.
More rain came to most of Texas, improving drought-damaged pastures and rangeland, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
The rains greatly improved the agricultural situation, according to weekly reports, but many ranchers were still feeding hay, though the green-up allowed them to cut back. The warmer-than-normal weather and moisture also brought on weed growth in pastures, particularly those pastures damaged by last year’s drought.
“Grass stands are thin from last year’s drought, and weeds are making a comeback with a vengeance,” said Randy Reeves, AgriLife Extension agent for Harrison County, north of Longview. “Winter forage is growing well.”
“Recent rains and moisture have really greened things up in the county. Unfortunately right now a large percentage of that appears to be weeds and small forbs,” said Tyler Bobinmyer, AgriLife Extension agent for Mason County, north of San Antonio. “Good grazing for sheep and goats.”
“Calving, lambing and kidding season are in full swing, with winter wheat and weeds in pastures providing a lush feed source,” said Steve Sturtz, AgriLife Extension agent for Tom Green County, San Angelo. “With moist weather, producers are scouting fields for fungus and insects as we have a good chance of having a bumper wheat harvest.”
“Cool-season annual weeds continue to grow, and burnt areas are still ‘hairing over’ with new grass,” said Caleb Eaton, AgriLife Extension agent for Crane County, south of Midland. “Perennial grasses have yet to respond to spring conditions.”
“No precipitation,” reported Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent for Presidio County in Far West Texas. “Cattle that remain are on supplemental feed and consuming large amounts of minerals, as are horses. Pastures are decimated, with only the appearance of poisonous green weeds.”
More information on the current Texas drought and wildfire alerts can be found on the AgriLife Extension Agricultural Drought Task Force website at http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/.