Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 18, 2015.
Mostly dry conditions were experienced across most of the state last week. Isolated showers were experienced in areas of the Low Plains, the Lower Valley, and South Texas ranging from trace amounts upwards of 1.0 inch. Isolated areas in South Texas experienced precipitation upwards of 5.0 inches. Central Texas, East Texas, Trans-Pecos, and the Upper Coast received only scattered trace amounts to no precipitation.
Small Grains: Winter Wheat and oat seeding continued across the state as early-sown wheat emerged in areas of the Northern High Plains. Wheat fields suffered damage due to dry conditions and insects in some areas of the Cross Timbers.
Row Crops: Producers were harvesting cotton in areas of the Plains, the Edwards Plateau, the Coastal Bend, and South Texas, while in areas of the Trans-Pecos cotton producers applied defoliants in preparation for harvest. Cotton harvest is currently at 28 percent, 6 points above previous year, and 3 points above normal. Corn and sorghum harvest continued to progress across areas of the Northern Plains. Corn harvest is currently at 75 percent, 9 points behind normal. Peanut harvest was underway in South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fall vegetable crops continued to progress in areas of the Lower Valley, as planting remained active. Onions began to emerge stage in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Pecans continued to progress in areas of the Southern High Plains, the Trans-Pecos, and South Texas.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Warm and dry weather conditions have caused stress to some livestock in areas of the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands; however, livestock remained in good condition across most of the state. Range and pasture conditions continued to suffer due to lack of moisture and stock pond levels continued to drop in areas of the Blacklands and East Texas.