Texas Crop Weekly Summary
March 5 - 11
Published March 14, 2012 @ 7:11 p.m.
Much of the state received precipitation last week, with several areas reporting two or more inches for the week. High winds in the High Plains and the Trans-Pecos caused blowing dust and depleted soil moisture.
Small Grains: In areas of the Panhandle, dryland wheat and oat crops were stressed due to lack of moisture. High winds prevented some chemical applications. Irrigated crops were progressing well. In other areas, wheat and oat fields responded favorably to recent precipitation. Some producers were spraying pesticides to control bird cherry-oat aphid.
Row Crops: Corn and sorghum planting progressed well, although wet conditions delayed some plantings in East Texas and the Blacklands. Some corn had emerged in South Texas. Cotton fieldwork continued with producers preparing land and pre-watering. Some producers were still weighing the risks of planting cotton this year.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: In South Texas, spinach and cabbage harvest was in progress. The potato crop was at flowering stage. Fall-planted onions in the Trans-Pecos were out of dormancy and beginning to grow. In the Lower Valley, onions and melons were making progress and preparations for onion harvest were underway.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: In much of the High Plains and the Trans-Pecos, range and pastureland continued to suffer due to dry, windy conditions. Supplemental feeding continued, with livestock consuming large amounts of minerals. In other areas, rainfall aided the growth of winter grasses, providing grazing and allowing producers to stretch hay supplies. In North East Texas, feral hogs caused damage to pastures and hayfields. Cattle bloat remained a problem for many ranchers due to clover growth. Some livestock deaths were reported. Rainfall improved stock tank levels in South Texas, however many tanks remained low or completely dried out.