Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report
Week of October 17 - 23
Published Oct. 25, 2011 @ noon
Areas of the Cross Timbers and East Texas received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no rainfall.
Producers seeded dry‐land winter wheat in anticipation of moisture in areas of the Plains. Producers in need of pasture growth continued to run irrigation pivots on emerging wheat and oat Northern High Plains. In areas of the Low Plains and South Texas, emerging wheat progressed well due to recent rainfall; however, more moisture was needed for a sustainable crop. Producers in areas of the Cross Timbers were actively seeding wheat and oat fields due to adequate soil moisture. In areas of the Upper Coast, the ratoon rice harvest progressed well.
Corn harvest neared completion and corn stalks were baled in areas of the Northern High Plains. Producers applied harvest aides to irrigated cotton fields, while some dry‐land cotton fields were in need of a freeze for defoliation. Wind storms damaged some cotton fields in areas of the Plains. Peanut harvest was in full swing in areas of the Northern Low Plains; however, the peanut crop dug near water was damaged due to hogs and deer. Cotton harvest progressed well in areas of the Edwards Plateau and cotton ginning continued in areas of South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop:
In areas of the Plains, pecan nuts were falling; however, producers were concerned about the nut quality and size. Pecan shuck separation was in full swing in areas of the Trans‐Pecos; while high winds blew premature pecans out of trees. In areas of South Texas, spinach and green beans progressed well due to irrigation applications.
Livestock, Range and Pasture:
Producers continued supplemental feeding of livestock to maintain body weight, across the state. Livestock producers continued to search for hay out of state, to replenish winter supplies. Producers continued to cull livestock across the state in preparation for the winter season. Recent rainfall in some areas of the state helped replenish soil moisture levels; however, more rainfall was needed to relieve persistent drought conditions. In eastern areas of the state, producers sprayed for army worms. Cool season grasses were emerging in earlier burned pastures in areas of the state receiving recent rainfall. Warm season grasses, across the state, continued to green due to recent rainfall; however, growth was limited due to shorter days and cooler temperatures. In areas of the plains, a dust storm caused by a strong cold front damaged farms and ranches.
Visit the usda web site to view the crop progress regional maps, available at https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Texas/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Condition/maps/