Texas: Hot and Dry Condtitions Persist – USDA

    Hot, dry conditions persisted across much of the state last week. Much of the rainfall received was concentrated in the southeastern part of the state with 0.10 to upwards of 4 inches of precipitation experienced, while the Upper Coast received upwards of 5 inches of rainfall in isolated areas.

    Areas of the High Plains and the Trans-Pecos received up to an inch of rainfall. Other areas received no measurable precipitation. Hail storms were experienced once again in areas of the Northern High Plains.

    Small Grains: In preparation for wheat and oat seeding, some producers in areas of the Northern High Plains applied pesticide to mitigate grasshopper and other pest problems.

    Row Crops: With only trace amounts of precipitation received in areas of the High Plains row crop producers continued irrigation. Corn and sorghum harvest remained active in several areas, while hail and pest damage were reported in areas of the Northern High Plains. Soybean harvest continued in areas of the Blacklands. Cotton harvest at 6 percent was 6 points below previous year, and 4 points below normal. Corn harvest at 52 percent, was 5 points below previous year, and 3 points below normal.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fall vegetable planting preparations continued in areas of North East Texas. While vegetable harvest neared completion in South Texas.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Supplemental feeding of livestock continued across the state. Pasture conditions in areas of South Texas continued to decline due to dry conditions. In areas of North East Texas feral hog activity was on the rise, along with armyworms beginning to appear in some pastures.

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