Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 2, 2015.
The majority of the state received measurable rainfall last week. The Northern High and Low Plains and the Cross Timbers received up to five inches in isolated areas, while the Trans-Pecos, Southern High Plains, and South Texas saw between one and three inches. Other areas within the state received little to no rainfall.Typical summer-time temperatures continued across the state
Small Grains: Field Preparations were underway for the 2016 wheat and oat crops.
Row Crops: Cotton continued to progress in the Southern High Plains, the Coastal Bend and the Upper Coast. Hot temperatures allowed heat unit accumulation which aided development in the Northern High Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Sorghum harvest progressed in areas of the Lower Valley and the Upper Coast. Sugarcane aphid populations continued to be a concern for sorghum producers in the Blacklands.
Corn harvest progressed in South Central Texas and South East Texas, while preparations for corn harvest started in the Blacklands. Peanuts progressed well in the Plains and South Texas. Soybeans development continued in the Blacklands.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fruit trees in the Southern High Plains entered the node stage of development. Field preparations for fall vegetable plantings continued in North East Texas, while some producers wrapped up harvest. Pecans in the Trans Pecos progressed, while no major insect pressure was observed in South Texas.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture recovery had slowed in many areas due to hot weather and minimal rainfall. Hay baling was active across the state last week. Livestock remained in good condition throughout the state.