Crop Progress and Condition Report
USDA weekly summary, September 19-25
Published Sept. 27, 2011 @ 8:07 p.m.
Some areas of the Blacklands, East Texas, and the Upper Coast received up to 3 inches of rainfall. Areas of the Edwards Plateau received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed trace amounts.
Small Grains: Winter wheat seeding progressed well in areas of the Northern High Plains due to recent rain showers. In areas of the Low Plains and the Cross Timbers receiving recent rainfall, producers prepared to seed winter wheat. Producers seeded wheat and oats in areas of the Blacklands due to anticipated rainfall.
Row Crops: Producers harvested corn for grain and silage in areas of the Plains. In areas of the Northern High Plains, cotton bolls opened rapidly due to high rates of heat units this season and cotton producers prepared for harvest. Cotton producers applied harvest aids and cotton defoliation was active in areas of the Southern Low Plains. Some cotton harvest was delayed due to rainfall in areas of South East Texas. Producers destroyed cotton stalks in southern areas of the state and cotton gins were in full-swing.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: The pecan nut kernel made good growth in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Spinach producers shaped beds and pre-watered soil in areas of South Texas. Vegetable irrigation was active in the Lower Valley.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Recent rainfall in eastern areas of the state helped replenish ponds; however, more rainfall was needed. Pastures greened in northern areas of the state due to recent rainfall; however, more was needed for future growth. Livestock producers continued to import hay from other states to replenish stocks in preparation for winter. Producers were actively planting winter forages in areas of the state receiving rainfall. Fires broke out on pastures in the Northern Low Plains due to lightning striking dry ground. Wildfires decreased in eastern areas of the state due to recent rainfall; however, fire danger remained extreme.