Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 3, 2015.
Isolated showers were experienced in most areas of the state, which delayed planting of row crops in some areas. The Blacklands received up to 8 inches of rainfall while areas of the Plains, the Cross Timbers, and East Texas reported totals from .25 to 6 inches. Hail damage was reported in areas of the Northern High Plains, the Cross Timbers, and the South Central Texas. Meanwhile, areas of the Trans-Pecos, the Lower Valley, and South Texas received little to no precipitation.
Small Grains: Winter Wheat continued to progress throughout the state. Some areas in the Northern High Plains, the Blacklands, and the Edwards Plateau reported hail and hard rain damage, meanwhile winter wheat began to mature stage in South Texas. Some producers in the Cross Timbers were bailing wheat hay.
Row Crops: Cotton planting was delayed in many areas of the state due to wet conditions. Corn and Sorghum planting was also delayed in areas of the Northern High Plains, and the Blacklands. However, corn was emerging in areas of the Blacklands, and South East Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Onion harvest was interrupted by rainfall in the Lower Valley, while vegetable planting in the North East remained active where conditions allowed. Some disease pressure was reported for vegetables and fruit trees in the area. Pecans were developing blooms in areas of the Trans-Pecos, the Edwards Plateau, and South Texas.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Moisture conditions favored grass growth throughout the state, aiding range and pasture development. Improving range and pasture conditions were encouraging for producers in most areas of the state.