Texas: Planting Resumes in Most Areas – USDA

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 7, 2015.

    Mostly scattered showers were experienced last week with a few heavier amounts reported. Areas of the Northern High Plains, the Trans-Pecos, the Upper Coast, and South Texas experienced upwards of 3 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state received little to no measurable precipitation. Hail storms where experienced in the Trans-Pecos area.

    Small Grains: Wheat and oat harvest continued in earnest as fields began to dry down in most areas. However, both crops suffered damage in areas of the Cross Timbers due to excess moisture.

    Row Crops: Row crops across the state continued to progress as planting resumed in many areas. Row crops in the Blacklands displayed signs of stress due to standing water and some stunted corn was also reported. Corn was rated good to fair with 93 percent planted, 6 points behind normal. Cotton was also rated good to fair with 75 percent planted, 11 points behind normal and still lagging 7 points behind this time last year.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetables in East Texas suffered damage due to rain and wet soil conditions. Onion producers continued harvest in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Melons and pecans continued to progress in South Texas.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Abundant moisture and warm sunny weather have greatly aided range and pasture development. As a result livestock conditions continue to improve. Pond levels were adequate across the state.




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