Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary for October 8 - 14
Published Oct. 15, 2012 @ 5:48 p.m.
Many areas of Texas received precipitation last week. Portions of East and Central Texas recorded three inches or more for the week. Parts of West Texas, South Texas, and the Low Plains received little or no rainfall while most other areas observed scattered showers.
Recently seeded winter wheat and oats were off to a good start in most areas due to timely rainfall. Plowing and seeding activities continued as well, with producers taking advantage of soil moisture while available. Producers were hoping for additional precipitation over the next few weeks to aid in plant development. Some producers around North Texas were spraying for weeds.
High Plains producers continued to harvest corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Cotton harvest progressed in the Plains and West Texas while in East and South Texas harvest was reaching its later stages and modules were being removed from fields for ginning. First frost hit some areas of the Plains and cotton producers were using harvest aids to speed up maturity. Peanuts were still developing pods in the Low Plains, but in some areas peanut development ended with first frost and harvest commenced. Sunflower harvest continued in the Plains but had ended in other areas.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
Preparations for pecan harvest were being made around the state with harvest beginning in some areas. In the Lower Valley, spinach and onion planting continued and cabbage development progressed. Irrigation was active on fall corn, citrus, and sugarcane. Harvest of sugarcane and early-season citrus progressed.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Pastures continued to green up in areas that had received rainfall. Planting of winter grasses continued while cooler temperatures slowed the growth of warm-season grasses. Livestock benefited from the increase in forage growth but were removed from some pastures to facilitate pasture recovery. In areas of South Texas, soil moisture remained short and stock tank levels were low. Some livestock producers continued to reduce herd sizes.