Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Report for the week of October 22 - 28
Published Nov. 1, 2012 @ 5:29 p.m.
Precipitation fell across much of the eastern half of the state last week. Portions of Southeast Texas received up to two inches, while other areas observed only scattered showers. Large parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, however, remained dry.
Winter wheat and oats seeding continued in most areas. Some field preparation was still occurring following row crop harvest. Oats seeding was virtually complete in the Tran-Pecos and the Edwards Plateau. Small grain emergence was good in many areas, helped by sufficient soil moisture levels. However in the Plains, dry, windy conditions hampered small grain development.
Cotton harvest continued around the state, with many fields defoliated and ready for picking. Some fields were being abandoned and shredded due to poor lint production. Cotton harvest was wrapping up in East and South Texas. Gins were active in many areas. Corn, sorghum, and sunflower harvest continued in the High Plains with corn and sorghum stalks being cut for winter feeding. Soybean harvest continued in the High Plains and Northeast Texas, while peanut harvest was active in both North and South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Pecan harvest was underway in many areas of the state. Harvest was still in the early stages around North Texas, but further along in South Texas. Fall vegetables continued to develop in South Texas with irrigation active on cabbage, cucumbers, onions, and spinach. In the Lower Valley, some vegetable planting was still occurring as harvest of citrus, sugarcane, and late cantaloupe crops continued.