Texas: Cotton Starts Setting Bolls, Wheat Harvest Crawls Forward – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 5, 2015.

    Scattered showers prevailed across much of the state. Areas of the Upper Coast received upwards of 6 inches, while the rest of the state experienced upwards of 2 inches to little or no precipitation.

    Small Grains: Winter wheat harvest was moving towards completion with areas of the High and Low Plains remaining to be combined. Oat harvest was also closing in on completion and was 95 percent complete down 4 points from previous year.

    Row Crops: Cotton reached the squaring stage in areas of the Trans Pecos, while in South Texas plants were setting bolls. Corn and sorghum harvest was under way but precipitation slowed progress in the Lower Valley. Sorghum was maturing quickly in South Texas while sugar cane aphids were beginning to show up in the Blacklands.

    Corn was suffering from too much water in areas Blacklands and South East Texas but making good progress in the Plains. Peanut and soybean development continued, as peanuts entered pegging stage in South Texas. Cotton planting was nearly complete at 99 percent, 1 point behind normal.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetable harvest continued in areas of North East Texas, with pecans progressing in areas of the North East, Trans-Pecos, and South Texas.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture continued to progress, with some reports of flooding in North East Texas. Livestock continued to benefit from adequate pasture.

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