Mark Hatley, Crop Quest Consulting, Dumas, Texas:
“We really had some rain in the northern Panhandle last night and this morning (5/20). In Dumas, one of my rain gauges reads 5.0” and the other one is 4.5 inches. It’s everywhere from 3.5” to 4.5 inches or more in a big area of Hartley, Moore, Hansford and Sherman counties. Needless to say, we have some flood issues.
“A lot of guys got planted last week. It was a good run. But we could see some seeds washed out after the massive rainfall. We’re not yet sure what to expect.
“Corn is up, but is a little yellow after the cool, wet weather a few weeks ago. It was starting to look a little better before this last rain. Fortunately, we haven’t had much hail.
“The wheat looks good and should be okay after the rain. But we’re picking up a little more stripe rust and there are reports of leaf rust as well.”
Wayne Keeling, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Weed Specialist, Lubbock:
“Planting really hit full stride last week. Hopefully guys are putting down a residual herbicide behind the planter, regardless of what main herbicide technology they’re using.
“Most fields are pretty clean, so we’re getting off to a good start weed-wise. Cool weather has slowed down some weeds, but they will be here. Growers just need to have a herbicide plan in place to help stay ahead of the game.
“The auxin herbicide technologies are popular again and guys have another year under their belt in using them. We’ve had off-season training sessions so people have a good idea when to spray and when not to spray, depending on wind and other weather conditions. Farmers in the plains area have done a good job using these new herbicide technologies and we want to continue doing that.”
Alan Seitz, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Wilcox, Arizona:
“We had a freeze warning in southeast Arizona last night (5/20). It got down to 30-31 degrees in a few places. Everyone shut off their irrigation water. We had fans running in some of the tree crops.
“We’ve also had a lot of wind in recent days. We’ll have to look at how much damage young plants sustained. I suspect we’ll have more disease showing up as a result of the cold conditions.
“Stands are still spotty but there are no real issues. We have a few thrips and chinch bugs. But we could see more thrips shortly when it warms up.”
Josh McGinty, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist, Corpus Christi:
“The crop is looking pretty in the Coastal Bend. The early cotton will be flowering any minute now if it hasn’t already. And, other fields will flower within a week.
“There aren’t too many issues to deal with since we finally got past replanting. However, fields are getting a little weedy. Rain off and on and terrible winds have prevented spray rigs from getting into the field.
“I’m not hearing of any major insect problems. I do know there has been some preemptive spraying for boll weevil eradication. That kills some beneficials, which can cause a flare up of aphids. We usually don't have an aphid problem, but guys need to keep an eye out for them.
“The Rio Grande Valley crop has been looking good, but they had hail in recent days that dinged up some cotton.”
Tyler Mays, Texas A&M AgriLife IPM Agent, Hill County:
“This is the most varied growth stage I’ve ever seen in cotton. It’s everywhere from still in the bag, to 3- to 4-leaf stage, to squaring. If we stay sunny and dry this week, most guys will be finished planting by Friday.
“Some thrips and aphids are present, but both are below economic threshold. Weeds are an issue after all the rain. They are emerging fast after warmer weather started drying the soil out. I’m going to pull the trigger on some herbicide applications today (5/21). Guys need to go with a post-emerge herbicide and mix in some pre-emerges.
“I found some sugarcane aphids on some johnsongrass and also in wheat fields, plus low populations in sorghum.”