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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

October 10-16

Published Oct. 18, 2011 @ 11:10 a.m.

Areas of the Upper Coast and the Coastal Bend received up to 5 inches of rainfall, areas of the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, North East Texas, and the Trans-Pecos received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no rainfall.

Small Grains: Producers seeded winter wheat behind recently harvested crops in areas of the Plains. In areas of the Northern High Plains, producers irrigated wheat fields for quick pasture growth. In areas of the Northern Plains, producers seeded dry land wheat in anticipation of rainfall. Wheat seeding in areas of the Low Plains progressed well due to cooler temperatures and timely rainfall. Some producers harvested their second rice crop in areas of the Upper Coast.

Row Crops: Corn harvest made some progress, but was delayed in areas of the Northern High Plains due to wet weather. In areas of the High Plains, some cotton stripping resumed due to dry open weather and producers applied harvest aids. Producers defoliated cotton and prepared for harvest in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Cotton ginning was active in areas of South Texas. Producers continued to prepare for peanut harvest in areas of the Northern Low Plains and harvest was activated in areas of South Texas.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: In areas of the Edwards Plateau, fall planted vegetables were under irrigation. High winds in areas of the Trans-Pecos continued to damage pecan trees. In areas of South Texas, spinach and green beans progressed well due to cooler temperatures. Sugarcane and orange harvest were active in areas of the Lower Valley, while onion planting continued.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Across the state, livestock producers continued to import hay from out of state, however, transportation costs were a concern. Livestock producers continued to cull their herds in most areas of the state. Stock tanks were replenished in areas of the state receiving recent rainfall; however, more rainfall was critically needed. Army worms and feral hogs damaged crops and pastures in eastern areas of the state. Emerging cool season grasses made good progress in areas of the state receiving recent rainfall; however, more rainfall was needed. Ranchers continued to plant winter annual pastures in northern areas of the state. Fire danger remained extreme in areas of South East Texas and the Trans-Pecos.

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