Texas: Planting Nearing Finish Line, Wheat Harvest Advances as Fields Dry – USDA

    Grain sorghum planting. Photo: David Ocker

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 28, 2015.

    Many areas of the state received measurable rainfall with isolated reports of upwards of 5 inches in areas of the Blacklands, the Upper Coast, and South Texas. The rest of the state experienced trace amounts to upwards of 3 inches. Hails storms and high winds were reported in areas of the Trans-Pecos.

    Small Grains: Winter wheat and oat harvest progressed as fields dried. Seventy percent of winter wheat was harvested by Sunday, down 6 points from last year and 8 points behind normal. Oats harvest reached 94 percent, up 6 points from the previous year.

    Row Crops: Row crops continued to progress statewide. Cotton reached the squaring stage in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Corn and sorghum producers in areas of the North East reported crop loss due to flooding. In some areas of the Upper Coast and South Texas disease and insects damage was observed. Peanut planting continued, but additional rainfall hampered sugarcane and sunflower harvest in areas of the Lower Valley.

    Cotton, corn, and sorghum planting continued in line with normal. Meanwhile soybeans reached 92 percent complete 8 points behind normal. In the Upper Coast some organic rice was being mudded in.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetables in East Texas continued to progress; however, damage due to feral hogs and insects has been experienced. In South Texas potato harvest continued.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture continued to progress, with areas in North East Texas fertilizing pastures. Livestock continued to benefit from adequate pasture and stock tanks at capacity.

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