"It's sure not over here," Vinson assures.
Vinson says rangeland and pastures are hurting, and producers are watching stock water supplies. Some stock tanks were critically low in West Central Texas.
Whether it rains soon—or not—many stockmen are grubbing brush in an attempt to conserve and free up water, he reports. Just one average size mesquite tree will consume about 50 gallons of water per day. Multiplied by many thousands of mesquite and the water-robbing ability of brush become evident. Some also are working to control prickly pear and cedar brush.
Livestock have been generally in good condition, but some have started to decline as summer heat and dry conditions have prevailed. Many calves are still being sold early. Grasshopper pressure increased in some areas, and some producers were spraying to control them.
In South Texas, some stock tanks had gone completely dry.
Overall, Texas needs rain.