Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly summary Feb 27 – March 4
Published March 7, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
Most areas of Texas received scattered showers last week with weekly totals mostly ranging from 0.01 to 1 inch. The Trans-Pecos and the Edwards Plateau received little or no precipitation. Across West Texas and the High Plains dry, windy conditions caused blowing dust and topsoil erosion.
Small Grains: Dryland winter wheat continued to struggle in much of the High Plains and the Trans-Pecos. Irrigated fields made good progress. In most other areas of the state, wheat and oat crops showed improvement due to moisture and warmer temperatures. Wheat producers were topdressing fields. Cattle were moved off of fields that producers plan to harvest.
Row Crops: Corn and sorghum planting was underway across much of the state, with some planting delays in South Central and Coastal Texas due to wet field conditions. Some cotton producers were applying pre-plant fertilizers to fields and pre-watering irrigated fields.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fruit trees from the High Plains to East Texas were in bloom. Some pecan producers were concerned that trees may come out of dormancy early. In the Trans-Pecos, chile irrigating and planting were in progress. In South Texas, green beans were being planted and potato crops had emerged and continued to develop. Spinach, onion, and cabbage crops also made good progress in South Texas, with some irrigation taking place.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: In the High Plains and the Trans-Pecos dry, windy conditions left range and pastureland mostly in poor condition, with supplemental feeding necessary to maintain cattle body condition. High winds increased fire danger. In most other areas, rains and warmer temperatures provided good cool-season forage growth. Many producers were able to reduce hay feeding which helped to improve body condition. Weed growth and cattle bloat remained a problem for ranchers. Spring calving, lambing, and kidding continued around the state. Most stock tanks and ponds were in good condition. However, many tanks in South Texas were at low to moderate levels.