Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary for July 2 - 8
Published July 11, 2012 @ 8:10 p.m.
Most areas of the state observed scattered showers last week. Isolated areas of East and South Texas, and the Trans-Pecos received up to 3 inches of rainfall. Portions of North Texas and the Panhandle received no measurable rainfall.
Winter Wheat and oats harvest continued in the Plains and the Trans- Pecos. Around the state, post-harvest plowing of wheat fields continued.
Hot, dry conditions took a toll on row crops in many parts of the state. Many fields were showing signs of moisture stress, though isolated showers helped maintain crop condition in some areas. In general, irrigation was very active where available. In South Central Texas, corn and sorghum were drying quickly and producers were making plans for an earlier-than-normal harvest. In the Upper Coast, rice made good progress with many producers spraying fungicide to control disease. Sunflower and sorghum harvest continued in the Lower Valley.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Fruits and vegetables continued to progress in most areas. In North and East Texas, peach, blueberry and blackberry harvests continued. In the Trans-Pecos, melon, onion and chili pepper harvests were active. Vegetable harvest continued in South Texas.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Pasture condition declined in many areas due to lack of moisture. Grass growth was limited and cutting of hay slowed down. Limited forage growth also caused ranchers to increase supplemental feeding in many areas. In the Edwards Plateau, shipping of lambs and kid goats was wrapping up. Grasshopper populations were increasing in pastures and meadows around the state with some producers applying insecticides. In northern and southern areas of the state, stock tanks and ponds were in need of rain.