Texas: Good Week for Planting – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 5, 2015.

    Warm and windy conditions were reported throughout the state. Traces of precipitation were experienced in most of the state with isolated areas of South Texas receiving up to 8 inches of rainfall. Areas of the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, and East Texas experienced 0.1 to 2 inches of precipitation.

    Small Grains: Wheat progressed throughout the state. However, some issues with cutworms, army worms, and greenbugs were reported in areas of the Northern High Plains. Oats were reported to be in good condition in South Texas.

    Row Crops: Producers in areas of the High Plains and Northern Low Plains were finishing preparation for cotton planting, while in South Texas cotton planting continued. Corn planting began in areas of the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, and the South East. Sorghum planting resumed in the Coastal Bend.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetable planting in South East Texas was active. Favorable weather conditions allowed for harvesting of citrus and vegetables to in the Lower Valley. Pecans in the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands were in the bud break stage.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Supplemental feeding continued in South Texas. Livestock conditions were rated fair to good. Warmer weather aided pasture growth throughout the state.




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