Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife Extension communications specialist, in his weekly Texas Crop and Weather report writes that many areas in Texas, some of which were under exceptional drought, received drenching rains over the Memorial Day weekend.

He also reports that the rains came slowly and continued over a period of three or more days. Flooding and washouts were minimal as the moisture had time to soak in.

“It was just a wonderful rain,” said Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station. “It’ll make a tremendous difference for livestock operations. We’ll grow a lot of grass and hay with this. Much of the High Plains just had no moisture for planting. This one event won’t make a crop, but it’ll get them well on the way.”

Parts of the Panhandle, the South Plains and the Rolling Plains received varying amounts, from as little as 0.5 inch to 6 inches.

Burns reports that West Central Texas and the San Angelo area may have recorded the most rain, 11 inches or more according to some reports.

Burns consulted his counterpart in San Angelo.

“Since the first of the year we had 0.85 inch, the driest in a century,” said Steve Byrns, AgriLife Extension communications specialist, San Angelo. “But since Friday (May 23) at my house, I’ve had almost a foot of rain — including 1.5 inches we received last Monday night. What a blessing!”

Miller said some areas missed out. Only the more western counties in South Texas received rain, about 1.5 inches in some cases. In the Rolling Plains, the western counties got about 4 inches, while the eastern half of the region was largely left dry.

Miller said for areas that did get rain it came at a good time. “There’s still time to plant most crops.”

He said most growers will need more rain during the growing season but some areas with heavy rainfall may have had enough to fill soil profiles, “which will carry crops toward maturity, although more rain will be needed to make a good crop.”