Texas: Cotton Harvest Progresses, Corn Nearly Finished – USDA

    Areas of the Blacklands and the Cross Timbers received rainfall upwards of 5 inches, with isolated showers in the Blacklands reaching upwards of 10 inches. The rest of the state primarily ranged from 0.01 of an inch in the Trans-Pecos and the Lower Valley to upwards of 1.0 inch in the Plains and South Central Texas.

    Small Grains: Winter wheat and oats progressed well in areas of South Central and South Texas, with some seeding delays experienced in areas of the Upper Coast due to recent rainfall.

    Row Crops: Cotton harvest continued in areas of the Plains as producers worked to get cotton harvested ahead of the Thanksgiving storms. However, harvesting delays were experienced in areas of the Southern Low Plains and the Trans-Pecos. Cotton harvest is currently at 75 percent, 17 points above previous year, and 5 points behind normal. Most of the 2015 Texas corn and sorghum crop had been harvested. Corn harvest is currently at 96 percent, 4 points behind previous year and 4 points behind normal.

    Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Fall vegetables continued to progress in areas of South Texas. Pecan harvest was active in areas of the Edwards Plateau.

    Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock were in good condition with supplemental feeding continuing in areas of South Texas. Range and pasture remained in good condition in many areas of the state. Ponds were replenished in areas of North East Texas with recent rains.

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