Texas: Weather Conditions Help Development – USDA

    Many areas of the state received precipitation last week, with the Upper Coast and Coastal Bend reporting totals from over an inch to isolated reports of up to 10 inches. Areas of the Plains, East Texas and the Trans-Pecos received from .10 inches to upwards of 4 inches. Along with the rains, hail storms were experienced in the Northern High Plains.

    Small Grains: Producers applied fertilizer and prepared soils in preparation for seeding of small grains.

    Row Crops: Weather conditions aided cotton development in areas of the High and Low Plains. Row crop harvest continued in areas of the Coastal Bend, the Upper Coast, South Central and South Texas as weather conditions allowed. Sunflowers and peanuts continued to develop in areas of the Southern High Plains. Sugarcane aphids remained an issue affecting some corn and sorghum producers in areas of the Northern High and Low Plains.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Vegetable planting preparations continued in areas of the Lower Valley. Pecan development continued in areas of the Edwards Plateau and the Trans-Pecos.
    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Supplemental feeding for livestock continued across the state due to declining pasture conditions. Large number of grasshoppers in areas of the Northern High and Low Plains remained an issue, with producers continuing insecticide applications.

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