Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 25, 2014.
Many areas across the state experienced significant rainfall along with warm temperatures. Areas of the Northern High and Low Plains, Edwards Plateau and South Texas received from two to five inches of precipitation, with many other areas receiving at least one inch. Meanwhile, areas of East Texas received only trace amounts of precipitation.
Small Grains: Winter wheat conditions improved in areas of the Northern High Plains that received recent rainfall. Small grain harvest was underway in the Blacklands and South Central Texas.
Row Crops: Planting activities continued across the state. In the Northern High Plains, precipitation aided the growth of recently planted corn, cotton and sorghum. Corn was beginning to tassel in some areas. Producers sprayed cotton fields for thrips in areas of the Upper Coast. Sorghum headed out and made good progress in areas of the Coastal Bend. Soybeans emerged in the Blacklands and appeared to be in good condition. Rice planting continued in areas of the Upper Coast. Peanut planting began in South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Pecan orchards continued to be treated for first generation case bearer insects. Onion harvest continued in areas of South Texas. In areas of North East Texas, producers were making preparations for blackberry and blueberry harvests. In South East Texas, more rain was needed as vegetables continued to develop. In the Coastal Bend, aphids damaged some recently planted sugarcane.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Supplemental feeding continued in the Northern High Plains and the Coastal Bend even as pastures and forage greened up with recent rainfall. Fly pressure increased on cattle herds in the Blacklands as pastures began to dry.