Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 2, 2014.
Some areas of Texas received rainfall last week, while others remained dry. Cooler nighttime temperatures resulted in adequate moisture in South Texas and South Central Texas. Areas of the Trans-Pecos, Cross-Timbers and East Texas experienced scattered showers, while many other areas received little to no precipitation.
Small Grains: Producers in the Panhandle reported that early-seeded winter wheat and oats were off to a good start, but were in need of rainfall to sustain growth. Emerging oats were slowed due to lack of moisture in areas of the Edwards Plateau, while early-seeded oats made good progress due to rainfall in South Texas.
Row Crops: Cotton harvest was underway in areas of the Northern Low Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Ginning of cotton was active in areas of South Texas. Corn harvest progressed in the Northern High Plains as dry fields aided fieldwork. In areas of the Southern High and Low Plains early planted grain sorghum was being harvested. In South Texas, some peanut harvest was slowed due to recent rainfall.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Harvest of early-maturing pecan varieties continued in South Central Texas, while harvest was wrapping up in areas of South Texas. In the Lower Valley, planting of onions and cabbage was active. Spinach, onions and cabbage benefitted from recent irrigation in areas of South Texas.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Signs of fall armyworms activity continued to cause problems in pastures in many areas of the Blacklands. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued in South Texas. Fall cattle work was underway as producers continued to sell market ready calves and cull cows. Livestock condition was mostly good to excellent with some grazing of stockers occurring on early-planted wheat fields.