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Texas Crop Progress and Condition

Week of Aug 27 – Sep 2

Published Sept. 4, 2012 @ 9 p.m.

Summary
Scattered showers were received in Central, South, and East Texas. The coastal area received as much as three inches for the week. Large portions of the Plains and the Trans-Pecos received no measurable precipitation.

Small Grains
Ground preparation continued for fall wheat and oats seeding. Producers were busy plowing fields, applying fertilizer, and acquiring seed. Some small grain seeding had begun in the Plains and North Texas.

Row Crops
In the High Plains, cotton finished setting bolls and in many fields, bolls had begun to open. Cotton harvest continued in East and South Texas. Some corn producers prepared for harvest by turning off irrigation and allowing corn to dry out. Corn silage harvest continued with silage going to feed yards and dairies. Peanuts continued to mature around the state with irrigation active in many areas. Preparations for peanut harvest were underway in the High and Low Plains. In the Southern High Plains, dry land sorghum was in need of moisture while irrigated sunflowers progressed well.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Pecans continued to mature around the state with continued reports of tree limb breakage as a result of heavy crops and windy conditions. In South Texas and the Lower Valley, vegetable producers were getting ready for fall planting. Seedbeds were being prepared for onion and cabbage planting.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Spotty rain showers improved range and pastureland in some parts of the state. Some producers were able to make a third or fourth cutting of hay. However in other areas, grazing conditions declined due to lack of moisture and supplemental feeding of livestock was necessary. In the Edwards Plateau, weaning and shipping of lambs and goats was active, and early-weaned calves were going to the sale barn.

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