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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

Weekly Summary, April 16-22

Published April 24, 2012 @ 7:41 a.m.

Areas of East, Central, and South Texas and the Panhandle received rainfall last week. Coastal Texas received 5 inches of rainfall or more for the week while other areas observed scattered showers.

Small Grains: Cutting and baling of small grains for hay was active around the state. Wheat and oats were fully headed out in many areas. However, dry land wheat was stressed in some locations due to insufficient moisture. In North Texas, there were reports of army worm and rust problems in wheat.

Row Crops: In the Plains, farmers were making final land preparations for spring planting. Cotton producers were listing fields, pre-watering, and getting equipment ready. In South Texas, corn and sorghum progressed well and cotton planting activities were wrapping up in some areas. In Northeast Texas, corn was emerging and producers were planting sorghum and soybeans. Row crops in many areas of the state were in need of rain. Irrigation was active on corn, cotton,and sorghum in South Texas and the Lower Valley.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Foliar zinc sprays continued on pecan trees. Some growers were also spraying for pecan nut case bearer. In Northeast Texas, blueberries and blackberries made good progress and in the Trans-Pecos, chilies were emerging. Onions and cabbage were being irrigated in South Texas while cooler temperatures slowed down watermelon plant development. In the Lower Valley, sugarcane harvest was complete, spring tomato harvest was in progress and preparations for melon harvest were underway.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland in much of the state was in need of moisture. Some pastures in the Plains and the Edwards Plateau were showing signs of stress. In North and East Texas, pastureland was looking good and provided grazing for livestock. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued in the Trans-Pecos and some cattle were in poor condition. Producers in other areas were able to cease supplementation. Stock tanks around the state ranged from very low in parts of South Texas to nearly full in many other areas.

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