Texas: Wheat Harvest Nearly Finished, Southern Cotton Setting Bolls – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 12, 2015.

    Most of the precipitation was experienced in the northwest part of the state. With rainfall reaching upwards of 10 inches in areas of the Edwards Plateau and the Northern High Plains. The rest of the state varied from no measurable rainfall in areas of the Lower Valley, South and South Central Texas to upwards of 8 inches in scattered areas of the High and Low Plains. Hail storms were experienced in the Northern High Plains, meanwhile high winds began to dry soil in East Texas.

    Small Grains: Small grain harvest neared completion, with winter wheat and oat harvest at 95 and 96 percent, respectively.

    Row Crops: Cotton had reached the squaring stage in the Southern High Plains and the Trans-Pecos, and was setting bolls in southern parts of the state. Insect problems in some cotton fields were reported in the Northern Low Plains and the Coastal Bend. Corn and Sorghum continued to mature. With sorghum being affected by sugar cane aphids in isolated areas of the Blacklands and South Central Texas. Peanuts development continued, reaching pegging stage in areas of the Southern High Plains.

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

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Range and pasture continued to benefit from adequate precipitation and moisture across the state. Livestock continued to progress, with some reports of lameness due to muddy conditions in areas of the Northern High Plains.

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