Texas: Wheat Harvest Nearly Finished, Sorghum Harvest Begins – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 29, 2014.


    Widespread rainfall was experienced throughout Texas last week. Areas of the Cross-Timbers, Blacklands, East Texas and the Upper Coast received up to six inches of rainfall. The Trans-Pecos and the Coastal Bend received up to five inches of precipitation, while the rest of the state received up to three inches.

    Small Grains: Winter wheat harvest was nearing completion across the state. Rainfall slowed the harvest of wheat in the Blacklands, while weeds impeded progress in the Northern High Plains.

    Row Crops: In areas of the Northern High Plains and Blacklands, corn was improving due to recent rainfall. In the Upper Coast, corn was at the denting stage. In the Northern Low Plains, cotton continued to progress, aided by adequate moisture in the area. Cotton was maturing in areas of South East Texas. Sorghum harvest was underway in areas of the Lower Valley and Coastal Bend, while head worms were reported in areas of South Central Texas. Peanuts were blooming in the Southern High Plains. In the Upper Coast, recent rainfall promoted soybean development. Sunflowers were maturing in areas of the Coastal Bend.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: In the Trans-Pecos, pecans were at the enlargement stage, while spraying of trees continued in the Edwards Plateau. Potato harvest was in full swing in South Texas. Watermelon harvest was active in the Lower Valley.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Supplemental feeding of livestock decreased in areas of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas due to improving pasture conditions. Recent precipitation slowly improved pastures in areas of the Northern Low Plains. Ranchers continued to report problems with insects on livestock in some areas of the state.

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