Texas: Rains Slow Planting Progress – USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 12, 2015.

Areas of the Panhandle and West Texas received scattered showers last week, while much of East, Central, and South Texas experienced significant rainfall and warm temperatures. Parts of South Texas received four inches of precipitation or more for the week.

Small Grains: Winter wheat continued to progress well in most areas, aided by recent rains. However, irrigation was active in areas with little precipitation. Some producers reported issues with rust.

Row Crops: Cotton field preparations were ongoing in areas of the Plains and West Texas. Corn and sorghum planting was delayed in parts of East Texas due to wet field conditions, though many other fields were dry enough for field work. Corn was beginning to emerge in areas of South Texas. In the Coastal Bend, rice planting was underway with some delays due to wet fields.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetable planting continued in East Texas. In the Lower Valley, vegetables and citrus continued to make progress with harvest continuing. Bud break on pecans had reached fifty percent in areas of West Texas.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Rainfall and warm temperatures aided pasture growth across much of the state and grazing of cattle was more prominent. Livestock were mostly reported to be in good condition and supplemental feeding had slowed in some areas. However, many areas were still in need of moisture to maintain pasture growth and fill stock tanks.




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