Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary for June 25 - July 1
Published July 2, 2012 @ 7:14 p.m.
Areas of the High Plains, the Upper Coast, South Texas, and the Lower Valley received up to 6 inches of rainfall. The Trans-Pecos and South Central Texas observed scattered showers, while the rest of the state received little to no rainfall.
Winter wheat and oats harvest continued in northern areas of the state and was nearly complete.
Corn in areas of the Northern High Plains was stressed due to earlier hail storms. Irrigated cotton progressed well in the High Plains due to the crop receiving many heat units from above average temperatures; however, dry-land cotton was stressed. The peanut crop was in need of moisture in areas of the Northern Low Plains. Sorghum colored and progressed well in southern areas of the state. Producers prepared for corn and sorghum harvest in areas of the Blacklands. Cotton progressed well in areas of East Texas and the Trans-Pecos due to reduced insect activity. Cotton bolls were opening rapidly due to hot and dry conditions in areas of South Central Texas. Dry-land corn matured rapidly in southern areas of the state.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
The pecan crop progressed well in the Trans-Pecos but suffered from insect activity in areas of the Cross Timbers and East Texas. In eastern areas of the state, blueberry and blackberry harvest progressed well. In areas of the Edwards Plateau, irrigated fruits and vegetables progressed well due to adequate sunshine.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Supplemental feeding of livestock decreased in northern areas of the state due improving pastures receiving rainfall. Producers weaned calves in areas of the High Plains. Across the state, hay production progressed well; however, hay fields were in need of more rainfall for a second cutting. In eastern areas of the state, pastures suffered due to feral hogs and grasshoppers. Pastures and rangeland were browning in western areas of the state due to dry and hot conditions; however, pastures and rangeland conditions improved in areas of the state receiving recent rainfall.