Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending January 24, 2015.
Much of the rainfall received last week was experienced across the western half of the state. The Upper Coast and East Texas received up to 0.5 of an inch of precipitation, with some isolated areas in North East Texas totaling up to 2.0 inches. Other areas of the state experienced little to no measurable precipitation. Cold and wet conditions persisted throughout the state.
Small Grains: Small grains continued to progress, with some producers in areas of the Blacklands beginning to apply pesticides. Conditions for both wheat and oats were rated good to fair. In areas of the Edwards Plateau, wheat and oat fields were being grazed by livestock.
Row Crops: The 2015 cotton harvest was nearing completion. Statewide cotton harvest was 96 percent complete, 3 points behind normal. Some producers in areas of South East Texas have begun prep work for corn seeding.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: In South Texas vegetable harvest was active, with some producers in areas of North East Texas preparing for onion and potato planting.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock were being maintained with supplemental feed and were reported in good condition. Pastures continued to progress, with conditions in some areas of South Texas declining due to recent frost. Spider mites and Aphids have affected some fields in areas of the Blacklands. Feral hog activity was reported in areas of South East Texas.