Texas: Cotton Harvest Resumes as Fields Dry – USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 16, 2014.

Many areas from the Northern High Plains to South Texas experienced freezing temperatures last week. Areas stretching from North East Texas to the Lower Valley received up to three inches of rainfall. Areas of the Plains, the Blacklands, and South Texas received scattered showers. The rest of the state received little to no rainfall.

Small Grains: Seeding of winter wheat continued throughout the state last week, while oats seeding was wrapping up in many areas. Recent cold weather slowed wheat development in the Blacklands.

Row Crops: Harvest of corn was in its final stages in most areas of the Plains. In the Northern High Plains, sunflower harvest was active. Harvest of sorghum progressed well in the High Plains, while harvest neared completion in many other areas. In South Texas, peanut harvest had slowed, due to damp field conditions. In the Southern Low Plains, cotton harvest resumed as fields dried out, while in the Edwards Plateau, harvest was in full swing. In the Upper Coast, cotton stalk removal continued.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Pecan harvest was ongoing in the Cross-Timbers and shuck separation reached completion in the Trans-Pecos. Pecan harvest had begun in the Edwards Plateau. In the Lower Valley, fall vegetables were progressing well.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Warm season forage growth across much of the state was slowed by freezing nighttime temperatures. Livestock were in good condition across the state. Supplemental feeding increased due to pasture and rangeland damage from recent frost.




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