Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report
Weekly Summary For Jan 30 – Feb 5
Published Feb. 6, 2012 @ 9:45 p.m.
Eastern and southern parts of the state received 0.01 to 2 inches of precipitation, with isolated areas recording as much as 5 inches for the week. The Trans-Pecos region received no measurable rainfall. Windy, dry conditions in much of the High Plains continued to reduce soil moisture.
Small Grains: Warmer temperatures and rains last week improved wheat and oat fields in many parts of the state. In the Blacklands, late-planted fields were doing particularly well. However in the High Plains, wheat showed signs of drought stress and more moisture is needed. Irrigated wheat was being watered. Hessian fly infestation has damaged wheat crops in areas of the Edwards Plateau.
Cotton: Ground preparation of cotton continued with producers putting down pre-emergent herbicides. Producers remained cautious about planting high-dollar seed without adequate moisture.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop: Pecan harvest finished up and producers hedged and pruned pecan trees. In the Lower Valley, most spinach fields have reached harvest stage. Producers continued to wait for cabbage heads to reach harvest size. Farmers in North East Texas continued to prepare fields for vegetable planting.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Rains provided much needed moisture to range and pasture land. Pastures in the Cross Timbers and Blacklands looked good. Supplemental feeding was still necessary in the High Plains and Northern Low Plains as wheat acres were not producing enough forage. Availability of hay remained limited. Cattlemen were concerned about the possibility of cattle bloat due to above average clover production. Feral hog activity remained a major problem in North East Texas. Most stock tanks in South Central Texas were close to full, while many in the Lower Valley remained very low.
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