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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

Weekly Summary For April 2 – 8

Published April 11, 2012 @ 6 a.m.

Areas of North and East Texas received up to 2.5 inches of rainfall for the week while other areas observed    scattered showers. Weather conditions remained dry in much of the High Plains and the Trans‐Pecos.

Small Grains: In areas of the High Plains, dryland wheat remained stressed due to inadequate rainfall and soil moisture. Irrigated fields were being watered. In most other areas, rainfall helped to improve wheat and oat fields. Many producers were grazing livestock on wheat, and small grains continued to be cut for hay. Some producers were spraying or scouting for armyworms.

Row Crops: Pre‐plant activities continued for corn and cotton in the Plains. Insufficient soil moisture meant that many producers were irrigating ahead of planting. In the southern part of the state, corn, sorghum and cotton planting were underway. Recent rainfall helped boost fields already planted. In areas of North Texas and the Upper Coast, wet weather slowed planting.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Early‐planted vegetables were making good progress in the Low Plains while vegetable planting continued from the Low Plains to East Texas. Pecan trees were leafing out in the Edwards Plateau. Peach trees were beginning to produce peaches and looked to be in good shape. In the Low Plains and South Texas, producers were beginning to plant watermelons. Some watermelon acreage in the Lower Valley was damaged by hail. Cabbage harvest continued in South Texas while sugarcane, citrus and vegetable harvest continued in the Lower Valley.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Dry conditions hindered the growth of pastures and rangeland in the High Plains and the Trans‐Pecos. In most other areas, favorable weather conditions and adequate soil moisture allowed cool and warm season grasses to grow well. Many ranchers were fertilizing hay fields. Supplemental feeding decreased and livestock body condition was generally improving. Calving season continued and producers were working calves and shearing sheep.

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