Texas: Planting Pushes Forward, Some Replanting Done – USDA

    Sorghum planter. Photo: University of Georgia

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 14, 2015.

    Areas of the Plains, the Cross Timbers, and the Upper Coast received upwards of four inches of rainfall, with a few areas within those districts exceeding 6 inches. The rest of the state received little to no precipitation. Hail storms were experienced in areas of the High Plains.

    Small Grains: Wheat and oat harvest continued in areas that were not complete throughout the state. Producers were anxious to finish harvest as continuing storms damaged standing crops. Progress for wheat harvest is at 47 percent up 8 points from previous year and 1 point above normal.

    Row Crops: Row crops across the state continued to progress as planting continued. In areas of the Trans-Pecos some cotton producers began replanting cotton, while in areas of the Blacklands and North East Texas sorghum and corn suffered damage due to flooding. Cotton and corn were rated good to fair, with cotton at 88 percent planted 6 points behind normal and corn at 98 percent planted 1 point behind normal.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fruit and vegetable harvest continued in North East Texas, however some damage due to excess moisture and disease problems was experienced.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture continued to develop, contributing to adequate pasture for livestock. In areas of the Edwards Plateau pond levels remained adequate, however excess flies and mosquitoes began causing concerns for to livestock producers.

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