Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Report for the week of November 12 - 18
Published Nov. 19, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m.
Dry weather conditions prevailed across much of the state last week. Portions of East and South Texas and the Trans-Pecos received scattered showers with isolated areas receiving up to 1.5 inches. Other areas received little or no precipitation.
Seeding of winter wheat continued throughout the state last week, following row crop harvest, while oats seeding was wrapping up in most areas. Dry weather was negatively impacting recently-emerged small grains and rainfall was needed to sustain crop development. Some fields were showing signs of drought stress while others exhibited moderate growth despite dry conditions.
Harvest of row crops was in its final stages in most parts of Texas. Corn and sunflower harvest had wrapped up around the state. Cotton harvest was ongoing in the western half of the state while peanut harvest continued in East and South Texas. Sorghum and soybean harvest continued in the High Plains. Compost and manure trucks were working recently-harvested fields in preparation for spring planting.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Pecan harvest was ongoing in many areas as pecan crops continued to reach maturity. Some North Texas pecan producers reported a slower-than-normal harvest due to difficulties in lining up custom harvesters. In the Trans-Pecos, pumpkin harvest was wrapping up. In South Texas, dry conditions led vegetable producers to water cabbage, spinach, onions, and carrots. Cabbage and spinach harvest continued. In the Lower Valley, harvest continued on vegetables, citrus, sugarcane, and late-season cantaloupe.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Range and pastureland was reported to be in fair to good condition in many areas of the state. However dry, windy conditions were beginning to negatively impact pastures and additional rainfall was needed to replenish topsoil moisture and support winter grazing. Stock tanks and ponds were critically low or dry in some areas. Fall cattle work continued with many ranches remaining lightly stocked.