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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report

October 31 – November 6, 2011

Published Nov. 8, 2011 @ 11:11 a.m.

Areas of the East Texas and South Texas received up to one inch of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no precipitation.

Small Grains: In areas of the Plains, winter wheat seeded behind recently harvested corn and cotton fields made good progress due to an earlier snowfall. Producers prepared to release grazing cattle on early planted winter wheat fields in areas of the Lower Plains. Some winter wheat was damaged in areas of the Cross Timbers due to a recent freeze. In areas of the Blacklands, producers continued to seed winter wheat and oat fields while applying fertilizer. Wheat and oat seeding was slowed due to lack of moisture in areas of South Texas; however, early seeded wheat and oats made good progress due to earlier rainfall. In areas of the Upper Coast, the ratoon rice harvest continued.

Row Crops: Cotton harvest was active due to a recent freeze in areas of the Northern High Plains. Grain sorghum harvest made good progress in areas of the Northern Plains. In areas of the Northern Low Plains, cotton harvest was delayed due to high winds brought by a cold front. Peanut harvest was in full swing in areas of the Southern Low Plains, the Cross Timbers and South Texas while the damaged peanuts baled for hay. Producers sprayed cotton in preparation for harvest in areas of the Trans‐Pecos.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Premature pecans continued to open and split shuck in areas of the Trans
Pecos and few remained on trees due to earlier high winds. In southern areas of the state, spinach, cabbage, and onions made good progress due to cooler weather and irrigation practices. Watermelon harvest was active in areas of South Texas, while sugarcane and citrus harvest continued in areas of the Lower Valley.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Across the state, supplemental feeding of livestock was in full‐swing and stock tank levels remained low. Cattle producers culled herds due to concerns of drought conditions. Producers continued to buy hay out of state to replenish supplies for the winter. Most summer pastures were going dormant and emerging winter pastures were in need of rainfall. In areas of the Plains, the final cutting of hay was in full‐swing. Feral hogs continued to damage pastures in eastern areas of the state. Sheep and goats fared well in areas of the Edwards Plateau due to emerging cool season grasses. Burn bans in eastern areas of the state were discontinued due to improving conditions.

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