Texas: Heavy Rains Delay Cotton Harvest – USDA

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 1, 2015.

    Precipitation was experienced across most of the state. Areas of the Upper Coast, South Central, and South East Texas received upwards of 10 inches. Isolated areas reported flash flooding as rainfall totals reached upwards of 15 to 20 inches in South East Texas. In areas of the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, and North East precipitation reached upwards of 2.0 inches. Across the rest of the state precipitation ranged from trace amounts to upwards of 0.25 inch of rain.

    Small Grains: Recent precipitation helped with winter wheat and oat development as seeding continued. Some delays where experienced in areas of the Cross Timbers, and the Blacklands due to past weeks rains.

    Row Crops: Cotton harvest made good progress early in the week in areas of the Southern Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, and the Edwards Plateau. However, rain later in the week delayed activities in most areas. Cotton is currently at 40 percent, 9 points above previous year, and 3 points behind normal. Corn and sorghum harvest also continued to progress, but delays were experienced with the rain event late in the week. Corn harvest is currently at 84 percent, 1 point behind previous year and 10 points behind normal.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fall vegetables continued to make progress in areas of the Lower Valley. Pecans harvest was active in areas of South Texas, as pecan producers experienced harvest delays due to rainfall.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock remain in good condition across most of the state, with some livestock producers continuing supplemental feeding in areas of the Blacklands. In areas of North East Texas and the Blacklands weather conditions caused stress on livestock. Range and pasture conditions and stock tank levels improved with last week’s rainfall in areas of North East Texas issues with feral hogs continued.




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