The rest of the state took it on the chin.

Clark Neely, Extension small grains and oilseed extension specialist, reported today that
most of Texas has experienced “another rough year as a whole for wheat production. We started off with decent moisture in the fall for most of the state (exceptions being the Panhandle and portions of the South Plains) and then it went downhill from there. A considerable portion of the dryland acres in the Rolling Plains, Panhandle, and South Plains were abandoned or grazed out due to drought.”

Then the freezes hit. “We had two late spring freeze events; the first was a relatively minor one the first week of March where we saw severe leaf burn in portions of Northeast Texas and Central Blacklands; however, as a general rule of thumb, cold winter temperatures had delayed wheat jointing enough that most of the Blacklands escaped any real yield penalties and the crop bounced back just fine.”

Neely said freezing temperatures from this cold front reached all the way to the Gulf Coast. “Some producers observed lodged wheat later in the season, which I attribute to damage from that freeze.

“We experienced a much more damaging freeze in mid-April, when a substantial amount of wheat acres were lost in West Central Texas, especially around the San Angelo, Brady, and Abilene areas. Damage was also reported in portions of the South Plains and central Blacklands. I remember seeing a number of fields being baled for silage along I-35 in early May.”

And the drought lingered well into spring. “The state remained quite dry until heavy rains hit around Memorial Day weekend. South of Dallas, most of the wheat crop had dried down and was being harvested by then. In fields that had not been harvested, sprouting became an issue for some.”