Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary for October 5 - 11
Published Nov. 14, 2012 @ 7:28 p.m.
Northern and Eastern portions of the state received rainfall last week with parts of Northeast Texas recording up to two inches for the week. Other areas experienced scattered showers. Most areas of Central and West Texas received little or no precipitation.
Winter wheat and oats seeding progressed last week. Low soil moisture delayed seeding activities in some areas and left producers in need of rainfall to complete the seeding process. Heat and lack of moisture also impeded the germination and growth of some dry land wheat in the Low Plains and North Texas. However some early-planted wheat had already reached grazing stage.
Cotton harvest continued across West Texas and the Plains, with defoliants being sprayed on late-season cotton. Some of the harvested crop had made its way to the gin. Insurance adjusters were out in cotton fields, and in some areas dry land cotton was being zeroed out and destroyed. Sorghum harvest was ongoing in the High Plains while soybeans continued to be harvested in the High Plains and North Texas. Harvest of peanuts and sunflowers progressed in the Plains.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Pecan harvest continued around the state. In South Texas, irrigation was active on some fall corn and vegetable fields. Harvest of cabbage and fresh market spinach was underway. In the Lower Valley, winter vegetable harvest had begun and citrus, sugarcane, and late-season cantaloupe harvest continued.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Dry, windy weather across much of the state hindered range and pasture growth and slowed planting activities. However, thanks to previous rainfall, many pastures remained in fair to good condition. Livestock were generally doing well with good forage availability. However supplemental feeding was still underway in some areas. Many producers reported good winter hay supplies. Fire danger existed in areas of the Trans-Pecos as well as East Texas.