Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report
Weekly Summary, May 7-13
Published May 16, 2012 @ 7:08 a.m.
Most areas of Texas received rainfall last week. Portions of South and West Texas received up to six inches of rain while other areas of the state observed scattered showers.
Small Grains: Hay production was in full swing around the state. A lot of wheat and oats were being green chopped or baled for hay. Many grain producers were harvesting or getting ready to harvest with several reporting above average yields. In the High Plains, irrigated wheat was in good condition, while dryland wheat remained in need of moisture. In parts of North Texas, small grain harvest was put on hold due to rain.
Row Crops: In parts of the Northern Plains, dry conditions prevented the planting of row crops, though many producers were busy with land preparations and chemical applications. Some were able to begin planting irrigated cotton and peanuts. In most other areas of the state, rainfall helped to improve the condition of corn, cotton, and sorghum and soybeans. Planting was temporarily halted in parts of Central Texas due to heavy rainfall. In parts of the Southern Plains, cool soil temperatures delayed planting and slowed crop progress.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: In North and East Texas, peaches and pecans continued to progress well. Blueberry and blackberry condition was generally good with harvest approaching. In the Lower Valley, harvest of vegetables and melons slowed, and melons appeared to be in very good condition. Onion harvest was delayed in the Edwards Plateau and South Texas due to wet fields.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland remained dry in areas of the Plains. Supplemental feeding resumed. In East and South Texas, pastures and stock tanks benefited from rain showers. Some producers concerned with the threat of wildfire applied herbicides to control weed and brush growth. Horn flies on cattle were also becoming a problem. Shearing and marking of sheep was wrapping up as producers made plans to ship soon.