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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Weekly Summary

May 28 – June 3

Published June 6, 2012 @ 6:26 p.m.

Areas from the Panhandle to Coastal Texas received rainfall last week. Parts of North Texas received up to three inches while other areas observed scattered showers.

Small Grains: Harvesting of winter wheat and oats continued around the state, aided in many areas by warm, dry weather. In the High Plains, some wheat was being baled or cut for silage. In the Edwards Plateau, producers were preparing to plant hay grazer with some early-planted hay grazer being baled.

Row Crops: Cotton planting continued on dry land acres in the Panhandle. High winds and blowing dust damaged some recently-emerged cotton. In South Texas, peanut planting was in full swing and in the Lower Valley; harvest of early-planted sunflowers began. Overall, corn, cotton, and sorghum progressed well but needed rain in many areas. In the Plains and South Texas, irrigation was active on row crops.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Pecans continued to make good progress with clusters beginning to form and the threat of the case bearer insect declining. In Central Texas, grapes were progressing. In South Texas and the Lower Valley, irrigation was active and harvest of onions and cantaloupe continued.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Rainfall helped range and pastureland to green in some areas, and good grazing conditions were reported in parts of North Texas. However in most other areas, more precipitation was needed to improve pasture condition. Limited forage remained a major concern around the state. Many pastures showed signs of stress as grass growth slowed due to lack of moisture. Livestock body condition was mostly fair to good with some supplemental feeding continuing.

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