Drier weather allowed producers in many parts of the state to catch up on hay production according to weekly reports from Texas AampM AgriLife Extension Service county agents

Drier weather allowed producers in many parts of the state to catch up on hay production, according to weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents.

Dry conditions expected for Texas through July

July in Texas could be dry, but soil moisture likely adequate to see crops through.

The latest Texas drought monitor map sowed only a small orange dot in the northwest corner of the Panhandle representing the only area of drought left in the state and that is only in the moderate range.

Almost all of the state is now considered drought-free, according to the latest report from the Texas Water Development Board. But is that about to change.

It is going to get bit drier over the next few weeks, says Texas State Climatologist said John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station.

“I think you can say goodbye to the rain for a while,” said Nielsen-Gammon said. “We’re entering a dry spell, and it looks like the second half of July is going to be quite dry. Many parts of the state may not see a single drop of rain.”

That’s the gist of Texas AgriLife media specialist Robert Burns’ latest weekly Crop Weather Report.

Farmers and ranchers should not be overly concerned, however.

“For most of the state, the rains we had in the spring put enough moisture into the soil profile that crops won’t have trouble making it through the dry period,” Nielsen-Gammon said.

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