Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary For July 30 – August 5
Published Aug. 6, 2012 @ 6:27 p.m.
Summary: Portions of South and Coastal Texas and the Panhandle received scattered showers last week with some areas recording up to 1.5 inches. Most other areas of the state received little to no precipitation during the week.
Small Grains: Producers awaited rain and cooler temperatures as small grain seeding preparations continued.
Row Crops: In both the High and Low Plains, cotton was stressed due to high temperatures and lack of moisture. Irrigated cotton continued to set bolls, while dry land acres struggled to survive with some fields being plowed up. In North Texas, non- irrigated row crops remained in need of precipitation. Irrigated crops were faring better, though many producers continued to have trouble meeting irrigation needs with the available water supply. Corn and sorghum harvest continued across East, Central, and South Texas. In parts of Coastal Texas, rainfall helped to maintain crop condition.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Pecans made good progress in most areas with irrigation active in many orchards. Blackberry, blueberry, and watermelon harvest continued in parts of East Texas. Sugarcane irrigation was active in South Texas.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Across much of the state, range and pastureland was in need of rainfall as hot, dry conditions depleted soil moisture. Recently improved grazing land was beginning to turn brown as native grasses struggled. In South Texas, recent rainfall allowed some producers to make another cutting of hay. Livestock was in mostly good condition around the state as ranchers continued to reduce herd sizes. Stock tank and pond levels were falling in many areas due to increased evaporation rates.