Texas Crop Progress and Condition
April 9 - 15
Published April 20, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
SUMMARY: Most areas of Texas received rainfall last week. Areas of East and Coastal Texas received up to 2 inches of rainfall for the week while other areas observed scattered showers.
Small Grains: Irrigation was active on wheat in areas of the High Plains which received little rainfall. Dryland wheat continued to suffer due to dry, windy conditions. In many other areas, wheat benefited from timely showers. Producers across the state continued to cut wheat and oats for hay. Other wheat and oat fields were being used for grazing. Many producers were monitoring or spraying for armyworms and aphids.
Row Crops: Much of the land preparation was completed for cotton planting in the Plains and West Texas. Some cotton producers were pre-watering while others were making planting decisions. Corn and sorghum planting was underway around the state. In South Texas, dry conditions prompted some corn, cotton, and sorghum producers to irrigate.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: In the Cross Timbers, pecan trees looked to be in good shape with good catkin growth and nutlets present in most trees. Pecan producers were fertilizing and spraying zinc. In North and East Texas, vegetable fields were planted and making good progress. Most fruit trees had small fruit on them. In South Texas, cabbage harvest continued and watermelon transplants showed signs of establishment in fields. In the Trans-Pecos, fall-planted onions were bulbing.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: In the High Plains and Trans-Pecos, range and pastureland remained mostly dry, with winds drying out what little moisture was received. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued in these areas. In North, Central and South Texas, most pastures were greening and supplemental feeding eased. Weed spraying was underway in many pastures. Livestock body condition was good in most areas. Spring calving, lambing, and kidding season was winding down as ranchers worked calves and sheared sheep.