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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

Weekly Summary for April 23 - 29

Published May 2, 2012 @ 6 a.m.

Most areas of the state received little or no rainfall last week. Isolated portions of the Northern Plains received up to 3 inches for the week while warm, dry conditions persisted in most other areas.

Small Grains: Wheat and oats continued to mature ahead of schedule in many areas due to hot and dry conditions.  Small grains were in need of rain and many fields showed signs of stress. Around the state, haying and silage chopping continued.

Row Crops: Cotton field preparation and planting continued around West Texas. However, many producers continued to wait for a good planting rain. Corn and sorghum planting was active in the Plains and completed in most other areas. Row crops in East and South Texas made good progress with irrigation continuing on many recently planted fields in South Texas.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Pecan trees were in full bloom with growers reporting signs of a good early crop. Spraying for pecan nut casebearer began earlier than normal this year. Peaches progressed well in East Texas. In South Texas, potato, onion and cabbage harvests were active. In the Lower Valley, melon and squash harvests began, tomato and onion harvests continued, and citrus harvest was winding down.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland remained in need of moisture in most areas of the state. Warm, dry conditions limited grass growth while high winds continued to dry out topsoil. There were increased concerns about wildfire danger due to weeds and grasses drying out. Supplemental feeding of livestock was active, especially in the Trans-Pecos. Many producers reported concerns about cattle body condition. Flies were a major nuisance in some areas and feral hogs were a problem for some producers in East Texas.

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