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Texas Crop Progress and Condition

Weekly Summary for Oct 29 - Nov 4

Published Nov. 6, 2012 @ 8:22 p.m.

Summary:
Some areas of Texas received rainfall last week, while others remained dry. Central and southeastern portions of the state recorded up to 1.5 inches for the week. Other areas experienced scattered showers, with large portions of the Plains, North Texas, and South Texas receiving little or no precipitation.

Small Grains:
In most areas, winter wheat and oats were off to a good start but were in need of rainfall to sustain growth. Irrigation was active in some areas while dry land acres were beginning to show signs of stress. Small grain seeding continued around the state but slowed in some areas due to dry conditions.

Row Crops:
Harvest of row crops was complete in many parts of the state and post-harvest field work was underway. Cotton harvest continued in the western half of the state but had wrapped up in East and South Texas. Corn harvest was complete in most areas, while sorghum, soybean, and sunflower harvest continued in parts of the Plains and North Texas.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops:
In the High Plains, pumpkin harvest was nearing completion. Some pumpkins still in the field were damaged by frost. Pecan harvest was active around the state, with several reports indicating a fair to good crop. In South Texas, fall cucumbers were nearing full maturity. Spinach and cabbage continued to develop, aided by previous water applications. Planting of both fresh market and processing spinach varieties was ongoing.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: 
Planting of cool-season grasses continued. Grasses had emerged in many areas, though some were drying rapidly due to lack of rainfall. Topsoil moisture remained low in many pastures which, combined with cooler temperatures, limited forage growth. Heavy frosts affected forages in areas of North Texas. Livestock condition was generally good with some grazing of stockers occurring on early-planted wheat fields. Fall cattle work was underway as producers continued to sell market-ready calves and cull cows. Some ranchers reported problems with horn flies and heel flies. Many stock tanks and ponds were in need of runoff water.

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