Texas: Heavy Rains Continue, Standing Water Stressing Crops – USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 21, 2015.

Heavy thunderstorms and scattered showers prevailed across most of the state. Several areas in the eastern part of the state from the Cross Timbers to South Texas received upwards of 10 inches with areas in the Upper Coast receiving upwards of 20 inches. The rest of the state experienced trace amounts to upwards of 2 inches. Hail storms were experienced in the Northern High Plains, the Cross Timbers, and the Trans-Pecos.

Small Grains: Winter wheat and oats harvest was temporarily delayed due to rain last week. Both crops in areas of the Northern High Plains and the Cross Timbers suffered damaged due to hail storms. However, harvest still progressed, with wheat and oat harvest at 64 percent and 87 percent, respectively, with oats 12 points above its previous year average.

Row Crops: Cotton reached the squaring stage in areas of the Coastal Bend, South, and South Central Texas. In areas of the Southern High Plains, the Blacklands, and South Central Texas corn and sorghum displayed signs of stress due to standing water and some stunted corn was also reported. Planting of row crops continued to progress, with cotton, corn, sorghum, in line with normal. Soybeans planted reached 84 percent complete, 15 points behind normal.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetables in East Texas suffered damage due to rain and wet soil conditions. Pecans progressed across the state, with areas of North East and South Texas reporting issues with scab infestation and webworms.

Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture continued to benefit from adequate moisture. However, in areas of Northern High Plains and the Blacklands flies have begun affecting cattle. Areas of the Blacklands reported extreme flooding causing cattle displacement and damaging fences.




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