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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

October 24 - 30

Published Oct. 31, 2011 @ 11:06 p.m.

Weekly Summary:  Areas of the Northern Plains and East Texas received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed scattered showers.

Small Grains: Dry land winter wheat seeding progressed well due to improved soil moisture in areas of the Northern Plains. Emerging winter wheat continued to make good progress due to recent precipitation. In areas of the Cross Timbers, producers continued to seed winter wheat and oats. In areas of the Blacklands, emerging winter wheat progressed well due to recent rainfall; however, more moisture was needed. Early planted winter wheat and oats in areas of North East Texas and the Edwards Plateau made good progress. In areas of the Upper Coast, the ratoon rice harvest continued to progress well.

Row Crops: Cotton harvest was delayed in areas of the Northern Plains due to snow showers. Cotton gins were in full swing in areas of the Plains. Cotton defoliation was active in areas of the Cross Timbers; however, some cotton was damaged due to a recent frost. Cotton harvest continued to make good progress in areas of the Trans-Pecos and the Edwards Plateau. Peanut harvest continued in areas of the Low Plains and South Texas; however, the crop was damaged due to earlier drought conditions.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Pecan nuts continued to drop prematurely due to windy conditions in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Pecan harvest was active in areas of South Texas; however, earlier drought conditions damaged nut development. In southern areas of the state, irrigated spinach, cabbage, and onions made good progress. Sugarcane and orange harvest was active in areas of the Lower Valley.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Producers continued supplemental feeding of livestock on emerging pastures and small grain fields across the state. Cattle continued to be culled across the state to align with feed and forage shortages for the winter. Recent rainfall across the state helped replenish some stock tanks for the winter; however, more rainfall was needed. Hay supplies remained short across the state; however, hay fields made good progress in some areas of the state and producers anticipated replenishing stocks for the winter. Army worms and feral hogs continued to damage warm and cool season pastures in eastern areas of the state. A cold front brought precipitation to the northeastern area of the state; however, burn bans remained in effect. Producers continued to plant cool season grasses across the state, while emerging grasses made good progress due to recent moisture.

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