Best hay to feed your horse


A bevy of issues amounted to below-average yields for most tốt producers in East và Central Texas, according to lớn Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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A maps of the 12 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension districts.


Conditions were extremely dry throughout most counties. Triple-digit temperatures increased evapotranspiration in all plant life. Trees were stressed, & any plant not being watered suffered. Some areas received some rainfall, but not enough to turn conditions around. Williamson County reported trace amounts up khổng lồ 1.5 inches of rain, but most areas received only light rainfall. Irrigated crops looked good. Most native sầu dryland pecan orchards were dropping nuts due khổng lồ drought bức xúc.Proper and timely management of some pastures allowed them to lớn stay productive sầu despite the heat. Some hay fields greened up, but growth was slow. Cotton was being defoliated, and bolls were open for harvest. Some cotton fields were being harvested, and average yields were expected. Stoông xã tanks were getting low.Corn & sorghum harvests were nearly completed. Some farmers were plowing corn fields. Nearly all counties reported very short soil moisture and poor overall rangel& and pasture conditions. Livestock conditions were fair to poor.


Conditions were favorable for producers as most areas received beneficial rains. Cotton continued lớn progress in fair to good condition and began setting bolls. Wheat producers continued preparing fields for planting. Pasture and rangelands improved with recent moisture. Cattle were being supplemented with minerals và xuất xắc in areas where forages were in short supply.


Hot, dry & humid conditions continued. Fieldwork continued, mostly disking. Good crop production reports were received for all crops. Cotton yields were two to three bales per acre with some reports of four bales per acre. Most cotton acres were harvested, though a few fields had yet to be defoliated. Gin yards were filling rapidly. Rice harvest was nearing completion. Although giỏi pastures were parched, production continued with a second cutting, and some producers were fertilizing for a third cutting. Rangeland & pasture conditions continued khổng lồ decline with hot và dry weather. Livestoông xã were in fair to good condition in most areas.


Most of the district did not report rains from Hurricane Laura. Many areas were looking forward lớn relief from drought. Shelby County reported high winds & rain. Damage to their power grid caused a loss of power during and after the storm for hours and days for some. Sabine County reported as much as 6 inches of rain. They also had destructive winds that caused damage lớn many barns. Pond levels were low và showing signs of low-quality water. Pasture và rangelvà conditions were good overall. Subsoil and topsoil conditions were adequate. Hay & vegetable production slowed. Livestoông chồng were fair lớn good. Horn flies were very active. There were reports of armyworms and Bermuda grass stem maggots. Wild pigs continued khổng lồ damage pasture và tuyệt meadows.


Dry conditions continued. Cotton finished setting bolls. Producers started to reduce irrigation as most plants were mature. Several producers were busy harvesting corn this past week. Sorghum is starting to color well. Pumpkins were doing well và continued khổng lồ mature. Cattle were in good condition with supplemental feeding.

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Spotty showers delivered moisture lớn a few areas. Northwestern parts of the district reported adequate topsoil and subsoil moisture. Pastures & rangelands were in good khổng lồ fair condition. Corn conditions were good to lớn fair. Cotton was in good lớn fair condition, and sorghum conditions were good. Soybeans were in good khổng lồ excellent condition. The northeastern corner of the district was very dry with very poor crop, pasture và rangel& conditions. Soil moisture levels were short khổng lồ very short in the central Panhandle, and very short in southern areas. Peanuts were in good khổng lồ fair condition.


Topsoil moisture throughout the district ranged from very short lớn adequate. Temperatures were in the upper 90s with sporadic rain. Temperature highs were in the 80s a few days. Most areas received some rainfall from Hurricane Laura, with trace amounts khổng lồ 2.5 inches reported. Corn was still being harvested but nearly complete. Soybeans that received rain were doing well. Soybeans and cotton in areas that missed rains were struggling. Livestock were in good condition. Spring-born calves were looking good as weaning season approaches. Summer pastures that received rainfall looked good, but drier areas were starting to show signs of drought. Armyworms continued to lớn be a problem in some areas.


Daytime temperature highs reached beyond 100 degrees, with low temperatures in the mid-60s. Only trace amounts of rain were reported. Reservoirs were not being recharged, which could be devastating for irrigation during the next growing season. Dry conditions increased the threat and concern for large wildfires. Corn và sorghum harvests finished. Cotton bolls were opening at a relatively rapid pace. Irrigated cốt tông made a good st& & has had plenty of heat units. Dryland cốt tông that survived was burning up. Harvest should begin soon. Despite the dry conditions, cattle were still in good overall condition. A few producers were preparing lớn calve. Pecan orchards looked very good, although root knot nematodes were found in an orchard.


Conditions continued to be hot & dry. Dryland cốt tông was basically done, & irrigated fields were nearing the cutout stage. Grain sorghum và corn was harvested. Pastures were dry. Some livestock producers started selling calves và other livestoông xã. Livestoông chồng were in fair condition.


Most people and producers were preparing for the hurricane. Rice producers harvested as fast as possible. Fortunately, the hurricane did not hit, & rice that was not harvested made it. The harvest was expected khổng lồ continue as soon as possible. Grimes County remained dry & drought conditions increased. Rangel& and pasture ratings were excellent to lớn very poor with fair being the most common rating. Soil moisture levels ranged from adequate to lớn very short with short levels being most comtháng.


High temperaturescontinued in the triple digits.Fire dangerincreased due todrought conditions.Kendall County reported water levels in streams,ponds và water wells were dropping.Pasture and rangel& conditions were decliningwith the laông chồng of moisture.Corn và grain sorghum harvests were complete withreports ofaverage lớn good yields. Cotton harvest began.Livestockwereinfair to good shapewithsupplemental feeding.Caldwell County reported a stable cattle marketwith sheep & goat prices remaining the same.Fall shearing continued.Wildlife were in good condition.


Northern, eastern & western parts of the district reported hot conditions and short lớn very short soil moisture levels. Soil moisture levels were adequate lớn short in southern areas. Daytime temperatures reached 100 degrees or more most days. Grain sorghum and corn harvests were completed, và cốt tông harvest was underway. Atascosa County reported 15% of cốt tông was harvested và roughly 15% of fields defoliated. Most other counties reported cotton fields were being harvested, being defoliated or nearly mature. Many cốt tông fields damaged by Hurricane Hanmãng cầu were being shredded and stalks were being pulled. Quality irrigated tốt was cut and baled in Atascosa & Maveriông chồng counties. Oat producers with irrigation water were planting oats while dryland producers were waiting for some moisture. Seedbed preparation continued for spinach, cabbage và onion plantings. Strawberry producers were planting early varieties. All crops were being irrigated. Moisture levels for fall vegetables were being managed. Pasture & rangel& conditions ranged from good lớn poor, and while some continued khổng lồ decline due to laông xã of moisture & hot temperatures, some were improving due lớn recent rains. Livestochồng in most areas required supplemental feed và water. Prickly pears were ripe and being cleared of thorns for livestock và wildlife. Ranchers were beginning to lớn wean & sell spring calves, và whitetail bucks were finishing their antler growth cycle. Beef cattle conditions were good, but sale volumes were increasing as dry weather continued. Maveriông chồng County reported watermelon & cantaloupe harvest continued. Pecan orchards were in good condition và nut development was going well. Local ranchers were preparing for dove season. Hay producers made a second cutting as prices ranged from $50-$65 per round bale. Ranchers continued to stochồng up on bales due to lớn conditions & in preparation for winter. Some sesame fields were being harvested, & some were being destroyed.