Texas Crop Progress and Condition
USDA Weekly summary September 5 - 11
Published Sept. 14, 2011 @ 3:38 p.m.
Weather Summary: Areas of the Plains received up to a half inch of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no precipitation.
Small Grains: In areas of the Plains, producers diverted irrigation to wheat fields to begin planting; however, planting on non-irrigated wheat fields was delayed due to very dry soil conditions. Producers prepared land for planting wheat and oats in areas of the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands.
Row Crops: Cotton setting bolls, in areas of the Northern High Plains, was in need of warmer weather and more moisture for growth. Due to severe drought damage, producers abandoned portions of their corn acreage in some areas of the High Plains. Cotton defoliation was active in areas of the Low Plains as producers prepared for harvest. Cotton harvest continued in areas of the Blacklands; however, some fields were abandoned due to dry conditions. Some cotton in the Trans-Pecos was damaged due to boll rot. Cotton harvest continued in southern areas of the state. In areas of South Texas, the irrigated peanut crop continued to make good progress.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Some pecan trees in the Trans-Pecos continued to drop nuts early due to lack of moisture; however, pecans in the gel stage made good progress. Land preparation for spinach, cabbage, onion, and carrot planting was active.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock liquidation and supplemental feeding continued in most areas of the state. Hay continued to be scarce in most areas of the state and continued to be imported from other states. Winter pasture planting slowed in most areas of the state due to lack of rainfall. Livestock producers in most areas of the state were in need of rainfall for fall forage growth and stock pond replenishment. Large wild fires were burning in areas of the Edwards Plateau, Central, South Central and East Texas, while fire danger continued to increase in most areas of the state.