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Severe weather in the area prompted searches for shelter Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service confirmed large tornadic activity northwest of Canadian between 5 and 6pm. Large amounts of damage is expected. Travelers had to avoid driving south of Claude and east of Wayside, flash flooding caused mud slides along Highway 207 there. Law enforcement officials in Hemphill County shut down State Highway 83 2 miles northwest of Canadian because trees had been blown into the roadway from a Thunderstorm.
And low visibility may be to blame for a wreck near Groom that killed one person and injured several others there. Other parts of the area reported baseball size hail.
One of those tornadoes in Hemphill County struck a drilling rig about 2 1/2 miles north of Canadian. Extensive damage was done to the oil well dog house, where tools and other work equipment are stored. One person was impaled through the abdomen. The injuries to two others were not life threatening. All of the injured were taken a hospital here in Amarillo.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... NORTHEASTERN RANDALL COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS... * UNTIL 1230 AM CDT * AT 1130 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CANYON... AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH. HAZARD...GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...PUBLIC. IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... CANYON... LAKE TANGLEWOOD... TIMBERCREEK CANYON... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A WELL-BUILT STRUCTURE. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM...AND MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.
The Amarillo Thunderheads fell behind early and never recovered as they took a 10-1 lost to the St. Paul Saints. The Thunderheads drop their overall record to 3-3 as the series is currently even at one game apiece. The three game series concludes tonight at 7:05 pm at Thunderheads Stadium.
After struggling last week, Amarillo native Ryan Palmer will look to bounce back as he will take part in the Byron Nelson Invitational today in Dallas. Palmer shot a two over and missed the cut by one stroke in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club last week. Palmer will tee off this morning at 7:40 am.
In high school baseball playoff action yesterday, Bushland allowed three runs in the final inning as they fell to Abilene Wylie 4-1 in game one of the series. The series will resume on Saturday at 3 pm. Coming up on the schedule today, West Texas High will take on Hawley at 6 pm and Booker battles Miles at 5 pm. Also coming up on the schedule for tomorrow, Randall will take on Fort Worth Arlington Heights at noon and Canyon will play Aledo at 1 pm.
The list of the Happy State Bank Athletes and Coaches of the Year were announced in the Amarillo Globe News. Canadian multisport athlete Braiden Galla was the overall boys athlete of the year, while Randall soccer player Lauren Piercy was named the overall girls athlete of the year. On the coaches side, Canadian head football coach Chris Koetting was named the overall boys coach of the year and as for the overall girls coach of the year, that honor was given to Canyon head girls basketball coach Joe Lombard.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Amarillo Venom are in "win now" mode as they are on the road this Saturday against the Sioux City Bandits. The Venom enter the game at 6-4 overall and are sitting in sixth place in the league standings. Kickoff for the game will be at 7:05 pm.
Cotton planting has been delayed across the state due to heavy rains. The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows just 29 percent of Texas cotton has been planted versus a five-year-average of 50 percent normally planted by this date.
Texas A&M AgriLife Agronomist Dr. Jourdan Bell told KGNC that, in terms of the Texas High Plains, she’s beginning to lose her hope and optimism for cotton planting. “As we get this late in the season it’s really becoming very risky for our producers to get their cotton in the ground.”
Dr. Bell says the risk involved relates to the fact that “we have such a narrow window for cotton production in the Panhandle.”
What, then, do farmers do when they cannot get their cotton seed in the ground? Early indicators point to sorghum being the crop that will most benefit from cotton’s acreage loss.
“I think overall the state could easily see a 20 percent increase in sorghum acres and with quite a bit of swing in that number depending on where things land and how growers can balance planting sorghum with their other crops,” Dr. Justin Weinheimer of the Sorghum Checkoff told KGNC.
Planting dates have a lot to do with producers opting for sorghum when they can no longer plant cotton. Typically, farmers on the High Plains like to see cotton in the ground during the first part of May. So, if that time has come and gone, planting cotton later can become dicey. But with sorghum Dr. Weinheimer said, “You can plant all the way into July in terms of trying to get some late sorghum in.”
While this is a good year to plant sorghum, Dr. Weinheimer reminds producers that waiting to make your planting decision can affect this crop as well. “The longer they wait and try to deal with some of the weather events they’re having, the longer they wait going into summer, they’re going to continue to have to identify a shorter hybrid and continue to crunch down on that maturity so they can avoid the freeze in the fall.”
If you are one of those producers who might be considering switching over to sorghum Dr. Weinheimer advises calling the seed dealer or seed company that you work with. “I would suggest that they start that process very early because we’ve had increased acreage not only in Texas but also nationally this year. Despite having large seed supplies to start the year off those are starting to dwindle as the year goes on.”
The Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin issued by USDA illustrates the impact of all that rain we’ve been getting. Click here to see all the charts and data
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a one-day training for integrated pest management coordinators on June 11 in Amarillo. The fee is $135. For more information and to register, go here
As farmers continue adapting to the new farm bill, there is news from Texas Corn Producers concerning the Agricultural Risk Coverage Program. TCP is advising producers of corn and other commodities to check their farm program selections due to changes the Farm Service Agency has made to yields. For more information, go here
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