Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary for October 15 - 21
Published Oct. 22, 2012 @ 6:51 p.m.
Much of the state received rainfall last week. Large portions of Southeast Texas and the Upper Coast recorded up to one inch of precipitation for the week while other areas observed scattered showers.
Winter wheat and oats seeding was in full swing around the state. Some producers were watering established fields while others benefited from timely rains. Emerging small grains were generally making good growth and livestock were grazing on some fields. Armyworm pressure was reported in areas of North and Central Texas, prompting producers to scout fields.
Cotton harvest continued to wind down in East and South Texas. Many producers were destroying cotton stalks and preparing fields for small grains seeding. In the Plains and West Texas, cotton harvest was in full swing. Light frost helped bolls to open in some areas. Some dry land cotton was being zeroed out and destroyed due to lack of precipitation. High Plains producers continued to harvest corn, sorghum, and sunflowers. Soybean harvest continued in the Plains and North Texas while peanut harvest was underway in the Plains and South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Pecans continued to mature as harvest of early varieties was underway in some areas. Many producers were expecting a good crop, though some reported lower quality due to hot, dry conditions during the summer. In South Texas, cabbage planting continued and earlier planted cabbage fields made good progress. Spinach planting was starting to wind down with spinach plants beginning to emerge. Fall cucumber development progressed with little insect pressure reported.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Pasture and rangeland remained in fair to good condition in most areas, aided by rainfall and limited grazing. Fall forage growth was generally good. Many producers were spraying to control armyworms. Feral hogs were a problem, particularly in Northeast Texas, and some producers were having success with trapping efforts. Livestock were in mostly good condition as fall cattle work continued. Hay cutting and baling continued in preparation for winter cattle feeding.