Texas Crop Progress & Condition Report
April 30 - May 6
Published May 9, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
SUMMARY: Portions of Central Texas received up to 2 inches of rainfall last week while other areas of the state observed isolated showers. Some hail damage was reported in areas of the Low Plains.
Warm weather continued to mature wheat and oats ahead of schedule. Some producers began harvesting winter wheat for grain and many others were preparing to harvest within the next few weeks. In the Northern Plains, dryland wheat conditions were in decline due to a lack of moisture while irrigated wheat fields were generally in good condition.
ROW CROPS: Many producers in the High Plains were planting corn, cotton, sorghum, sunflowers, and peanuts. Others continued to water fields ahead of planting. In North Texas, corn and sorghum were progressing well, though some fields were beginning to show stress due to a lack of moisture. Across the state, recently planted fields were in need of rain. Irrigation was active on row crops from East and Central Texas to the Lower Valley.
FRUIT, VEGETABLE, AND SPECIALTY CROPS: In East Texas and the Edwards Plateau, peaches appeared to be doing very well with only limited insect damage. Pecan producers were irrigating trees and spraying for pests. In the Low Plains, some insect pressure was reported on vegetable fields. In the Lower Valley, melon, squash, tomato, pepper, and sweet corn harvests continued.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Hot, windy conditions across much of West Texas caused range and pastureland to dry out in many areas. Grasses remained thin in drought-damaged pastures. Pastures in North and East Texas were in better condition but still in need of moisture. Baling of winter forages continued, as did spraying for warm season weeds. Cattle were in fair to good condition in most areas but many were rapidly running out of grazing. Stock tank levels were a concern for livestock producers in South Texas. Ranchers around the state continued to work spring calves and shear sheep.