Hot, humid weather was experienced across the state last week. Many areas of the Northern High Plains, Blacklands, and the Trans-Pecos received up to three inches of precipitation. Portions of the Lower Valley and South East Texas received two inches or more of rainfall. The rest of the state received little to no measurable rainfall last week.
Small Grains: Preparations for fall seedings continued across the state.
Row Crops: In areas of the Northern High Plains, some irrigated corn was cut for silage, while in the Blacklands corn continued to mature. Producers in South East Texas anticipate corn harvest should begin in the coming weeks. Cotton in the Southern Low Plains progressed to the blooming stage, while in the Coastal Bend many fields were being harvested. Peanuts continued to peg in areas of South Texas. In areas of the Upper Coast, producers were preparing fields for rice harvest. Sunflower harvest was wrapping up, while soybean harvest had begun in areas of the Blacklands. Sugarcane aphid populations continued to be a concern for sorghum producers in South East Texas, while harvest continued in South Central Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: In areas of the Southern High Plains and the Cross-Timbers, watermelon harvest was active. In North East Texas, pecans had moderate to heavy nut set; however, some trees were exhibiting scab. Sesame harvest was active in the Lower Valley.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Many livestock producers across the state continued to provide supplemental feed due to drought conditions in parts of the state. Cattle body condition was reported as improving in many parts of the state. Feral hog damage continued to be seen in areas of North East Texas, while grasshopper and army worm pressure increased in pastures throughout the state.
For more information: Texas Crop Weather