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Texas Crop Progress and Condition

Weekly Summary for September 10 - 16

Published Sept. 17, 2012 @ 5:04 p.m.

Summary
Most areas of the state received rainfall last week. Portions of North, East, and Central Texas recorded three to five inches for the week while other areas observed scattered showers. Parts of the Trans-Pecos, the Blacklands, and South Texas received only trace amounts of precipitation.

Small Grains
Winter wheat and oats seeding progressed around the state, aided by cooler temperatures and timely rains. In places that missed last week’s rains, dry planting was underway.

Row Crops
In the High and Low Plains, corn and sorghum harvest was active. Some sorghum producers were reporting head worm problems. In West Texas and the Plains, cotton bolls continued to open. Many Plains cotton producers were turning off irrigation systems and some were defoliating in preparation for harvest. Cotton and soybean harvest continued in East and South Texas. Destruction of cotton stalks and plowing was active in recently harvested fields. Peanut harvest was getting underway in the Plains and North Texas.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
East Texas pecans benefited from last week’s moisture with heavy nut loads reported by some producers. Cabbage planting was starting in South Texas, while seedbed preparations continued for spinach, broccoli, and onions. In the Lower Valley, fall vegetable planting was active and citrus producers were preparing for early season orange harvest.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Soil moisture improved in most areas of the state last week. Some pastures greened with rainfall, though in some areas, cooler temperatures limited grass and forage growth. Other areas missed last week’s rainfall altogether, leaving much of the range and pastureland there drought-stressed. Armyworm infestations were reported in pastures and hayfields around Central and Coastal Texas. Around the state, rainfall increased stock tank levels, but many tanks and ponds remained low. Weaning of spring calves continued, and ranchers in the Edwards Plateau were selling goats.

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