Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Report for the Week of Aug 6 -12
Published Aug. 14, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
Portions of North Texas, the Northern Plains, and the Edwards Plateau received 1 inch of rain last week with isolated areas reporting up to 2 inches. Most other areas of the state received scattered showers.
In the High Plains, small grain farmers were applying manure in preparation for fall seeding. Some producers in the Edwards Plateau were waiting for rain before plowing fields.
Irrigated cotton made progress in the Plains and Trans-Pecos. Many fields had reached cut-out stage. Dry land cotton remained greatly in need of moisture with abandonment of some cotton acres continuing. Corn, sorghum, and peanuts were also lacking moisture in the Plains and elsewhere. In East Texas and the Edwards Plateau, corn and sorghum harvest was in full swing. In South Texas, most peanuts were in pegging stage and irrigation was active on peanut fields.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Peach harvest was winding down in areas of the Cross Timbers and the Edwards Plateau. Pecan nut-fill continued in orchards around the state, with irrigation heavy in some areas and some premature nut drop being reported. Fruit harvest continued in East Texas.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Pasture conditions varied across Texas depending on recent rainfall, though in most areas, pastures were stressed and showing little growth due to high heat and lack of moisture. Hay productioncontinued in some areas, but at a slower-than-usual pace. Grass fires were a problem in parts of North Texas. Livestock condition was generally fair to good around the state. In the Edwards Plateau, livestock weaning was underway. Sell-off of sheep and goats slowed in some areas as ranchers prepared for fall breeding.