Texas: Rains Delay Planting, Wheat Harvest – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 24, 2015.

    Thunderstorms moved across the state with many areas receiving measurable rainfall last week from trace amounts to upwards of 10 inches. Areas of the Edwards Plateau and South Central Texas received upwards of 10 inches. Unseasonably low temperatures and continued rainfall have delayed cotton and summer crop planting across the northern part of the state.

    Small Grains: Winter wheat and oats continued to progress; however, wet conditions have delayed harvest. Lodging of wheat and oats due to flooding and high winds was experienced in areas of the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, the Edwards Plateau, the South Central, and South East Texas.

    Row Crops: Across the state planting of row crops was delayed due to rainfall this past week. Cotton planting at 29 percent was 21 points behind normal due to continued rainfall. Corn condition was rated good to fair and continued to progress across the state. Peanut planting was getting underway in South Texas, but progress was 26 points below last year and 41 points below normal.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetable harvest has been delayed due to wet fields. Onion crop loss was experienced in areas of the Lower Valley due to rainfall. Some pecan producers applied fungicide in areas of the Edwards Plateau.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture continued to progress, providing adequate feed, as livestock conditions continued to improve across the state. Some pasture saturation was experienced in areas of the Blacklands and North East Texas.

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