Crop Progress and Condition Report
USDA weekly summary Sept. 26 - Oct. 2
Published Oct. 4, 2011 @ 10:34 p.m.
Areas of the South Central Texas, South Texas, and the Lower Valley received up to 2 inches of rainfall, areas of the Edwards Plateau and the Blacklands received up to 1.5 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no rainfall.
Small Grains: Producers continued to seed winter wheat behind silage crops in areas of the Northern
High Plains. In areas of the Northern Low Plains, producers seeded winter wheat in anticipation of rainfall. Wheat and oat seeding was in full-swing in areas of the Cross Timbers.
Producers continued to seed wheat and oats in areas of the Blacklands due to anticipated rainfall. In areas of South Texas, heavy irrigation was active on recently seeded wheat and oat fields. In areas of the Upper Coast, some rice producers prepared to harvest their ratoon crop.
Row Crops: Corn harvest was in full-swing in areas of the Northern High Plains, while some late planted corn was chopped for silage. In areas of the Northern Plains, cotton bolls continued to rapidly open and some producers stripped cotton fields. Some cotton producers continued to apply harvest aids in areas of the Plains, while cotton defoliation. Cotton bolls continued to open in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Cotton gins were in full-swing and the peanut crop progressed well under heavy irrigation in areas of South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: The pumpkin harvest suffered in areas of the Northern High Plains due to dry conditions. Spinach planting and irrigation were active in areas of South Texas. Some pecan shucks were prematurely splitting in areas of the Trans-Pecos.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Low water supplies continued to concern livestock producers across the state. Supplemental feeding and liquidation of cattle continued in most areas of the state. Hay continued to be in short supply across the state and livestock producers searched to replenish winter stocks. Rangeland greened in areas of the Cross Timbers and the Lower Valley due to recent rainfall. Planting of winter pasture was slowed in eastern areas of the state due to low soil moisture. Wildfires remained a threat across the state due to the combination of drought conditions and lightening.