Above-Normal Temperatures in Texas Could Harm Cotton Planting
TEXAS — June 10, 2018
This year we witness the shift from cooler-than-normal temperatures in April to above-normal temperatures in May. It “was the biggest temperature change from April to May on record,” Nielson-Gammon, state climatologist, said.
Last month was the second warmest May on record in Texas and moisture losses compound warmer conditions.
Nielson-Gammon said the outlook for relief doesn’t look promising for most of the state this month. June is a historically wet month, but if rain does not materialize the state could be facing 2011-like drought conditions.
Planting of irrigated cotton is underway across the Rolling Plains as some dryland cotton was put on hold while producers wait for rain, according to the weekly crop report from the county agriculture agents.
At mid-week, an isolated storm with 65-mile winds and rainwater filled the field farrows, even forming small lakes around Veribest, 12 miles east of San Angelo. Reports of rainfall ranged from a trace to more than 2 inches.
Although some fields in the area have emerging cotton, most dryland fields were waiting for planting moisture. This rain gave those farmers renewed hope they can drop seed in time to make a June 20 crop insurance deadline.