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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Weekly Summary

June 18 – 24

Published June 26, 2012 @ midnight

Areas of South Texas, East Texas and the Plains received rainfall last week. Portions of the Upper Coast observed up to three inches. Most areas of the Trans-Pecos and the Edwards Plateau received little or no precipitation.

Small Grains: Wheat and oats that had not been harvested for grain were grazed out or chopped for silage in the Cross Timbers. Throughout the High Plains, wheat harvest was progressing well. Herbicide was applied and tillage had started for weed control on harvested fields. In the Blacklands, wheat harvest had wrapped up.

Row Crops: Corn and sorghum made good progress in most areas of North and East Texas, though lack of moisture was causing some fields to dry out. Some corn and sorghum fields in South Central Texas were being plowed under due to extremely dry conditions. In parts of the High Plains, producers were contending with blowing sand and crusting issues on cotton fields. Irrigation on corn, cotton and soybeans was active, as was spraying for aphids and flea hoppers. Some replanting of hail-damaged corn and cotton was underway.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: In East Texas, producers continued to harvest berries, melons, peppers and tomatoes. Some aphid problems were reported on pecans. Onion and cabbage harvest was wrapping up in parts of South Texas. Irrigation was active on sugarcane and citrus in the Lower Valley.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Hot, dry weather across much of the Trans-Pecos and the Edwards Plateau resulted in declining range and pasture conditions. Producers were in need of another good rain to make a second cutting of hay possible. In East Texas, timely rains helped improve pasture grasses. Hay production and weed control activities continued. Grasshopper pressure remained heavy and an increasing number of producers were beginning to spray. Livestock body condition was generally good.

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