Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report
February 13-19, 2012
Published Feb. 22, 2012 @ 7:32 p.m.
Precipitation fell overmuch of the state last week, mostly ranging from 0.01 inch to 3 inches. Areas across North Texas and the Panhandle received significant snowfall with some areas reporting as much as 5 inches. Dry conditions persisted in much of the High Plains and Trans-Pecos where high winds dried out any moisture received.
Small Grains: Recent precipitation improved wheat and oat crops across much of the state. In the Blacklands, some crops were maturing earlier than normal and producers applying fertilizer or herbicides had to be cautious not to damage the plants. In the High Plains, wheat fields remained in need of additional moisture. Irrigated fields continued to be watered.
Row Crops: Farmers continued to prepare fields and equipment for the planting of corn and sorghum. Some early corn planting took place in the Lower Valley, but most will begin in the next couple of weeks. In the High Plains, cotton fields were being listed and prepared for spring herbicide applications.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Fruit tree pruning neared completion in East Texas. Some fruit growers were concerned by trees budding earlier than normal. In the Trans-Pecos, chile land was being prepared. In the Lower Valley, cabbage, onions and spinach continued to make good progress.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Pastures from East Texas to South Texas and the Lower Valley benefited from precipitation last week, reducing the need for supplemental feeding and improving livestock body condition. Cattle bloat remained problematic due to clover growth. Some pastures in East Texas were damaged by feral hog activity. In the Trans-Pecos and High Plains, range and pastureland continued to suffer from inadequate moisture and supplemental feeding further reduced hay supplies. Precipitation continued to fill stock tanks from Cross Timbers to East Texas while many tanks in South Texas and the Lower Valley remained low.
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