What is in this article?:
- Rainfall improves conditions across Southwest
- Variable amounts
- Rainfall amounts highly variable across SW region.
- Some areas experience damaging hail, high winds.
- Most areas rate conditions better than last year.
Scott Russell, Texas AgriLife Extension IPM agent for Terry and Yoakum Counties, says rainfall “was variable. Most of Terry County received over an inch with reports up to 1.5 inches. But many spots only received 0.2 to 0.4 inch.”
He said Yoakum County is even more variable, with the largest amounts being in the Tokio area with about 0.5 inch. “As one moves westward across Yoakum County, there was generally less rainfall; however, now and then there is an isolated spot where an inch was received (very isolated spots). There was some scattered hail, although I am unaware of anyone requiring replanting due to hail.”
Monti Vandiver, Extension Agent-IPM inMuleshoe, Texas, said recentstorms “have battered some area crops. Some fields in the path of the severe storms have been completely destroyed.
Local weather stations recorded from around 0.1 inch at the Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge to 0.4 and 0.8 inch at the Friona and Muleshoe weather stations for the week ending June 6. Individual reports of over 3.5 inches have been received as well. In most cases, the large rainfall areas experienced hail and washing.”
Kerry Siders, IPM, Hockley and Cochran Counties, Texas, said Levelland received 0.59 inch Monday night (June 4). “Rain amounts for Hockley and Cochran Counties ranged from zero to 2.2 inches. The area received damaging wind and hail as well. During May, we received a total of 0.99 inch.”
Manda Anderson, Gaines County, Texas, IPM agent, said Gaines County received 0.3 to 1.8 inch Monday evening. “The higher rainfall totals were spotty but everyone received some rainfall. We did have some cotton damaged by blowing sand, and small areas had a little hail damage,” she said. “Overall, our soil moisture profile is looking a lot better than last year.”
Bill Ree, Bryan/College Station, says the area has received “none.”
IPM agent Ed Bynum said rainfall amounts for the Texas Panhandle have ranged from “nothing to 3 inches.”