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Texas Crop Progress and Condition

USDA Weekly summary September 12 - 18

Published Sept. 20, 2011 @ 2:03 p.m.

Weekly Summary:  Areas of the Upper Coast and the Coastal Bend received up to 5 inches of rainfall, the Cross Timbers, East Texas, and South Texas received up to 3 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed only scattered showers.

Small Grains:  In areas of the Northern High Plains, Sorghum producers were in need of moisture to continue planting winter wheat.  Non-irrigated winter wheat field preparation progressed well due to recent rainfall in areas of the Southern High Plains.  Producers prepared to plant irrigated winter
wheat fields in the Northern Low Plains. Oat planting was delayed in areas of South Central Texas due to lack of soil moisture.

Row Crops: Corn harvested for silage was in full swing in areas of the Northern High Plains, while producers began to harvest corn for grain. The cotton crop matured rapidly due to continued hot temperatures in areas of the Northern High Plains and producers prepared for harvest. Cotton defoliation continued in areas of the Low Plains. Some cotton was damaged in areas of the Trans-Pecos due to diseases. The peanut crop made good progress in areas of South Texas due to heavy irrigation.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Pumpkin harvest was active in areas of the Northern High Plains. Irrigated pecan orchards progressed well in the Cross Timbers and the Edwards Plateau. Pecan orchards made good progress in areas of South Texas due to low insect activity. Land preparation was active for cabbage, onions, and spinach planting in southern areas of the state.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock liquidation slowed in northern areas of the state due to anticipated forage growth from cooler temperatures and recent rainfall. In southern areas of the state, livestock producers continued to ship stocker cattle and wean calves. Livestock producers stocked imported hay in preparation for winter supplemental feeding in many areas of the state. Livestock producers in most areas of the state were in need of rainfall to replenish lakes and stock ponds. Fire danger continued to be extremely high in most areas of the state, while wild fires broke out in East Texas, the Edwards Plateau, and South Central Texas.

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