Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Report for the Week of June 4 - 10, 2012
Published June 11, 2012 @ 9:50 p.m.
Most areas of Texas received rainfall last week. Parts of North and East Texas and the Panhandle received 3 inches or more for the week. The rest of the state observed scattered showers. Parts of South Texas and the Trans-Pecos received no measureable rainfall.
Small Grains: Wheat and oat harvest across most of the state continued last week. Precipitation slowed small grain harvest in North East Texas. Late harvesting continued where moisture levels allowed farmers to return to the fields. In the High Plains, haying and silage harvest of small grains neared completion.
Row Crops: Cotton planting continued across the Panhandle and West Texas. Hail damage was reported on some cotton acres in the High Plains. Overall, row crops progressed well across the state due to recent precipitation. However in the High Plains, cotton remained in need of additional moisture. In parts of the Plains and South Texas, irrigation was active. Peanut planting continued in South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Fruit and vegetable harvest continued in East Texas with many producers selling at local markets. Disease and insect damage reports increased for some vegetables. In North Texas, peaches progressed well with some varieties beginning to ripen. In South Texas, melons made good progress as potato and onion harvest continued and cucumber harvest was wrapping up.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland improved in areas that received significant rainfall, although growth of brush and weeds also increased. Many pastures remained thinner than normal due to previous drought conditions. In areas of the Trans-Pecos, hot, dry conditions persisted, impeding range and pasture recovery. Some supplemental feeding of livestock continued in poor and overstocked pastures. Weed control was underway in many areas and grasshoppers were becoming a problem in hay meadows and pastures in North and East Texas.