Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report
Weekly Summary For March 12 – 18
Published March 19, 2012 @ 8:56 p.m.
Most areas of the state received rainfall last week. Areas of Central and East Texas received up to two inches during the week while the rest of the state observed scattered showers.
Small Grains: Rainfall and warm temperatures helped wheat and oats progress well across most of the state. In Central and South Texas, wheat and oats were beginning to head. Wet conditions had some small grain producers scouting fields for fungus and insects. In parts of the High Plains, wheat was in need of additional moisture and irrigated fields were being watered.
Row Crops: Corn and sorghum planting continued around Texas. However, wet weather interrupted some planting in parts of the Blacklands. Cotton producers across the state were applying herbicides and pre-watering in preparation for planting. In the Lower Valley, cotton planting was active.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: From the Low Plains to East Texas, pecan trees were budding and fruit trees were in bloom. Vegetable garden planting increased in pace. In parts of the Trans-Pecos, pecan trees were still dormant and orchards were being irrigated. Chile planting was underway. In the Lower Valley, harvest of spring onions began and citrus, vegetable, and sugarcane harvest was in full swing.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland improved around the state with recent precipitation, providing some grazing for livestock. Warm-season grasses were breaking dormancy and beginning to green up, although many pastures were still recovering from overgrazing and additional moisture was needed. Livestock body condition was generally improving while some producers continued to supplement with protein and minerals. Hay supplies remained short. Calving, lambing, and kidding season was in full swing. Rains helped to improve pond and stream levels in most areas, however in South Texas, stock tank levels remained low.
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