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Rain Across the State Improves Crop Outlook

Crop progress and condition June 11 - 17

Published June 19, 2012 @ 11:06 a.m.

Summary
Most areas of the state received rainfall last week. Portions of East Texas received up to five inches for the week while other areas observed scattered showers. Parts of South Texas and the Edwards Plateau received little or no precipitation.

Small Grains: Through most of the High Plains, wheat harvest slowed due to the wet weather received last week. Farmers in most other areas were beginning to wrap up wheat and oat harvest. Some harvested wheat fields in the South Central region of Texas were already being plowed.

Row Crops: Timely rains provided much-needed soil moisture and improved the condition of row crops across most of the state. In Central Texas, corn and sorghum made good progress. In the Plains, peanuts were making progress without much disease pressure, while a significant amount of cotton was damaged by wind and hail. Dry land crops around South Texas and the Edwards Plateau were moisture stressed due to hot, dry conditions. Irrigation was active in these areas.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Peaches, watermelons and vegetables progressed well in East Texas despite some reports of blossom end rot on tomatoes and peppers. Many producers were also contending with high populations of grasshoppers. In South Texas and the Edwards Plateau, pecan development continued to move forward.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland continued to slowly improve in areas that have received periodic rainfall over the past few weeks. Warm season grasses responded well to increased soil moisture and weed control was active. Many producers were preparing for a second cutting of hay. Stock tank levels improved in many areas. Livestock were generally in good condition, though insects and flies continued to be an issue. In West Texas, preparations for lamb shipping were underway.

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