With good soil moisture, warmer weather -- unseasonably warm in some areas -- and generally low insect and disease problems, wheat growth really took off in most of the state, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
"Temperatures have been reaching the 90 degree mark during the day with lows around the high 40s," said Ryan Martin, AgriLife Extension agent for Motley County, southeast of Amarillo. "These conditions have helped out the winter wheat tremendously; it looks like it came alive overnight. Some producers have started moving cattle back to wheat ground."
"High winds and warm temperatures are starting to dry this ground out a bit," said Brad Easterling, AgriLife Extension agent for Baylor County, west of Wichita Falls. "Stockers are gaining nicely on graze-out wheat. So far, insects, including greenbugs, are not a problem in wheat, and rust is lying low."
"This week thus far has been dry and warmer, more seasonable for this time of year," said Rick Maxwell, AgriLife Extension agent for Collin County, north of Dallas. "What little wheat was planted last fall is now growing good with the sunshine and warmer weather."
"Dry Southwest winds wicked away some of our moisture, but a survey of fields shows that only the top 1.5 to 2 inches are dry," said Scott Adair, AgriLife Extension agent for Hale County, north of Lubbock. "The earliest wheat is in Feekes stage 6, with one main stem node clearly visible. Some producers and consultants are finding Russian wheat aphids."
"Wheat and oats are heading out and look pretty good for a grain crop," said Jerry Warren, AgriLife Extension agent for Bexar County, San Antonio. "Much of the wheat and oats will be grazed out, but the remaining should have decent yield."