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Texas Crop Progress and Condition

Weekly Summary For August 13 – 19

Published Aug. 21, 2012 @ 9:01 p.m.

Summary
Much of the state received rainfall last week. Portions of Northeast Texas recorded four inches or more for the week while most other areas received scattered showers.

Small Grains
Wheat and oat producers continued to cultivate fields in preparation for fall seeding. Rainfall in some areas helped to soften the ground for plowing.

Row Crops
Corn and Sorghum harvest was active in areas of North and Central Texas while harvest had wrapped up in South Texas and the Lower Valley. Rice harvest continued in Southeast Texas. Irrigated cotton made good progress in the High Plains where producers continued irrigation. Dry land cotton condition varied widely. Some producers reported problems with insects. In the Blacklands and South Texas, some cotton defoliation was taking place. Cooler temperatures improved conditions in some parts of the state.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Pecans continued to mature with some producers reporting limb breakage due to heavy crops. In the Lower Valley, preparations for fall vegetable planting were underway.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Pasture condition remained poor in many areas as a result of overgrazing and inadequate moisture. Some hayfields remained extremely dry as well, bringing hay production to a halt. However, rainfall brought improvement to range and pastureland in areas of East and Central Texas. Some livestock producers were running low on water for their herds and many producers continued to have trouble finding grazing land. In the Edwards Plateau, fall calving had begun.

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