Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary For Jan 9 – 15
Published Jan. 17, 2012 @ 8:50 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2012 @ 8:28 p.m.
Areas of Central and Northeastern Texas received mostly around 0.01 to 0.25 of an inch of rainfall, while the Eastern and Southern sections received mostly 1.5 inches of rainfall. The remaining areas of the state were relatively dry.
Small Grains: Winter wheat condition continued to improve in the Northern High Plains due to rainfall experienced over the last month. Small grains in the Blacklands are in good condition with soil moisture improving weekly, with some producers planting additional wheat in areas that were overly saturated.
Cotton: While harvest was being completed in the Northern High Plains, producers in the Northern Low Plains were preparing fields for new plantings while simultaneously trying to keep fields from blowing.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: In southern areas of the state, producers continued to prepare fields for potato planting. There was some weed control activities scheduled to take place in spinach and onion fields this week. Although fall onions continued to show improvement, irrigation continued due to prolonged drought conditions experienced earlier.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Across the state, supplemental feeding to livestock continued with hopes of keeping body conditions up and sustaining herd numbers. Hay supplies continued to be extremely minimal and expensive as many producers continued to search for hay out of state. Local beef cattle markets were strong in price and high in volume as some producers were considering additional culling due to forecasts of dry weather once again. Earlier rainfall helped replenish some stock tanks; however, many remained low.
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