Crop Progress and Condition Report
USDA weekly summary Oct. 3 - 9
Published Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:47 p.m.
Areas of the Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, and the Blacklands received up to 6 inches of rainfall, areas of the Upper Coast and the Edwards Plateau received up to 5 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed scattered showers.
Small Grains: In areas of the Northern High Plains, recently seeded wheat and oat fields were in need of significant rainfall for spring growth. Wheat and oat fields in areas of the Northern Low Plains and the Cross Timbers progressed well due to recent rain showers. Some recently seeded wheat and oat fields were in need of more rainfall to sprout in areas of the Blacklands. In areas of South Texas, producers seeded wheat and oats for winter grazing due to anticipated rainfall.
Row Crops: Abandoned corn fields were baled for hay in areas of the Northern High Plains. In areas of the Northern Plains, sorghum fields have dried down and turned color. In areas of the High Plains, cotton stripping was delayed due to recent rain showers. Producers defoliated and harvested irrigated cotton in areas of the Northern Low Plains, while cotton gins were activated. Producers prepared to harvest peanuts in areas of the Southern Low Plains and South Texas. Irrigated fall corn and grain sorghum fields matured in areas of the Edwards Plateau. Cotton bolls continued to open in the Trans-Pecos and producers applied harvest aids.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: The pumpkin harvest neared completion in areas of the Northern High Plains. Producers were rapidly harvesting sunflowers due to anticipated rain showers in areas of the Southern High Plains. Pecan shuck separation was active in area of the Trans-Pecos; however, high winds damaged pecan trees. Irrigation was active on carrots, spinach, and cabbage in areas of South Texas.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Due to lack of forages across most areas of the state, producers continued to cull livestock and import hay from out of state. Across many areas of the state, producers hauled water for livestock due to very low surface water. Some producers relocated cattle out of state for the winter due to drought conditions. Cool season grasses in some areas of the state receiving rainfall greened up; however, growth remained slow and was in need of further rainfall. Producers continued to plant winter pastures in most areas of the state due to anticipated rain showers. Armyworms damaged forages in areas of East Texas receiving rainfall. Fire danger remained extreme in some areas of the state.