Texas Crop Progress and Condition
Weekly Summary for September 3 – 9
Published Sept. 12, 2012 @ 9:38 p.m.
Areas of South Texas, the Trans-Pecos, and the Plains received up to two inches of rainfall last week. Other areas received scattered showers, with large portions of Central and East Texas recording no measurable precipitation.
Winter wheat and oats planting was underway in areas with adequate moisture. In drier areas, some producers were waiting on rain; others were pre-irrigating fields, while some were dusting in small grains with hopes of adequate rainfall over the next month.
Fall field work was in full swing around the state. Corn harvest was ongoing in the Trans-Pecos and the Plains, while harvest had wrapped up in the rest of the state. Sorghum harvest was active in the Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Peanuts continued to mature in the High Plains with harvest set to begin in the next few weeks. Irrigated cotton made good progress with bolls continuing to open in many fields.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops
In South Texas, vegetable producers were pre-watering ahead of cabbage and spinach planting. Some vegetable planting had begun in the Lower Valley and irrigation was active on sugarcane and citrus. Preparations were underway for fall sugarcane harvest. Pecan irrigation was at peak levels for the season in parts of the Edwards Plateau. In the Low Plains, there were some reports of pecan tree losses due to the drought.
Livestock, Range, and Pasture
Hot, dry conditions across much of the state left range and pastureland drought-stressed. Forage growth slowed and grasses were drying out. In parts of the Trans-Pecos, the Plains, and the Lower Valley, scattered showers helped improve pasture conditions. However around the state, slow, soaking rains were needed to improve soil moisture. In South Texas, temperatures in excess of 100 degrees led to increased stock tank evaporation rates. Hay production continued in East Texas with some reports of armyworm pressure. Livestock producers continued to sell calves and cull cows.