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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

November 21-27

Published Nov. 28, 2011 @ 9:40 p.m.

Areas of South East Texas, the Blacklands, and the Upper Coast received up to 4 inches of rainfall, areas of South Central Texas received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no rainfall.

Small Grains: Irrigation was active on winter wheat for stocker cattle in areas of the Northern High Plains. In areas of the Southern High Plains, producers continued to prepare land and plant winter wheat and oats. Winter wheat continued to make good progress in northeastern and southern areas of the state due to recent rain showers brought by several cold fronts.

Row Crops: Cotton harvest was delayed in areas of the Northern Plains due to windy conditions. Peanut harvest was winding down in southern areas of the state. Cotton harvest was active in areas of the Low Plains; however, yields concerned producers. The cotton harvest season was short due to drought conditions in areas of the Edwards Plateau.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Pecan harvest was active in areas of the Plains; however, the crop showed signs of stress. Cabbage and spinach harvest continued to make good progress in areas of South Texas due to dry open weather. Onions progressed well in southern areas of the state.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Across the state, hay continued to be purchased out of state and livestock continued to be supplemented with hay and protein. Livestock culling was active in southern areas of the state due to lack of forages. Winter forages progressed well in eastern areas of the state due to recent moisture. Cool season grasses progressed well in northern and eastern areas of the state due to recent rainfall; however, more moisture was needed. In central and eastern areas of the state, stock tanks were replenished due to earlier rainfall but some remained at low levels.

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