Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Report for the Week of July 23 - 29
Published Aug. 1, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
Summary: Precipitation was spotty around the state last week, as most areas of the state only received traces or rainfall. Portions of Central and West Texas recorded up 1.5 to 3 inches of rainfall. Grasshopper populations increased and were a major problem for many producers around the state.
Small Grains: In the Northern High Plains, wheat producers continued field preparations for fall planting.
Row Crops: In the Northern High Plains, cotton under pivots continued setting squares. However, dry land cotton in the same area suffered due to lack of moisture, as some fields experienced early cut-out. Corn in the Northern High Plains was also heat stressed, as irrigation could not meet the demand for water in some areas. In the Northern Low Plains and Coastal Bend, there were increased reports of acres being disastered out by insurance companies. Cotton was blooming across many fields in the Southern Low Plains. In the Blacklands and South Central Texas, corn harvest was in full swing.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: In areas that received rainfall, pecan progress benefited from the moisture, as nuts began enlarging. In areas of South Texas, vegetable harvest continued to wind down.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Livestock were generally in good condition across most areas of the state. Hay harvest continued in many areas. Fair hay yields were reported in North East Texas despite the problems with armyworms and excessive weeds. Recent rains accompanied with mild temperatures resulted in good improvements to pastures in South Central Texas, but some fields in other areas remained in poor to fair condition due drought conditions. There were reports of lightning that caused two fires in the Northern Low Plains that contributed to over 3500 acres of pasture and rangeland being burned.