Texas Crop Progress and Condition Weekly Summary
July 16 – 22
Published July 24, 2012 @ 7:03 a.m.
Precipitation was spotty around the state last week. Portions of East and South Texas recorded 3 inches of rainfall or more for the week, while many other areas observed scattered showers.
Small Grains: In parts of the Plains and the Edwards Plateau, wheat producers were plowing fields in preparation for fall planting.
Row Crops: Rainfall in East Texas allowed many farmers to take a break from irrigating their crops. However in areas of the Northern High Plains, dry land crops were badly in need of rain. Even with recent precipitation, some areas of the Blacklands remained in need of additional moisture. Grain sorghum harvest continued in the southern portion of the state. Irrigated cotton, sorghum, and peanut crops throughout the Plains were progressing well. Some failed dry land cotton fields in the Plains were being replanted with sorghum.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: In areas that received rainfall, pecans benefited from the moisture, while orchard irrigation was active in drier areas. In areas of South Texas, vegetable harvest was winding down.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Pasture condition varied considerably around the state depending on rainfall. In much of the High and Low Plains, range and pastureland was suffering due to hot, dry weather with some pastures going dormant. Many East and South Texas pastures benefited from rainfall and were greening. Hay harvest continued in many areas. Supplemental feeding of livestock was active in areas with poor range and pasture condition. In the Edwards Plateau, ranchers prepared to shear sheep. In East Texas, feral hogs were active and grasshopper pressure was still high.