Renewed Stress: Summer has arrived and ag country is feeling the heat

It is the start of the summer and much of ag country is feeling the heat.
In Texas, thermometers hit as high as 117 degrees.

The United Farm Workers tweeted out calling for federal heat standards. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey explains how this is impacting producers in the area.

“Negating some of the benefits of that rain, bringing renewed stress not just to rangeland and pastures and summer crops, but it is also increasing stress on livestock,” he explains.

Despite that heatwave, this week’s Drought Monitor shows mixed conditions for Texas and the Plains.
The western portion of the southern plains and parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles experienced heavy rainfall and saw improvement, but drought worsened in central Texas and the Red River Basin.