Texas: Good Planting Progress Ahead of Rains – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 13, 2016.

    Most areas of the state received measurable rainfall last week, ranging between 0.10 to 10.0 inches. Areas of East Texas and the Upper Coast received the heaviest amounts of precipitation, with upwards of 10 inches reported. Less than an inch of precipitation was observed in the High Plains and Trans-Pecos.

    Small Grains: Winter wheat progressed well throughout the state. In areas of the Low Plains and South Texas, some producers were treating wheat for rust due to high humidity. Oats progressed well in the Southern High Plains.

    Row Crops: Cotton planting preparations continued in the Northern Low Plains. In areas of the Cross Timbers, South East Texas, and the Upper Coast producers made good progress planting corn ahead of the rains. Corn planting in areas of the Blacklands and sorghum planting in the Upper Coast were interrupted due to rainfall.

    Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: In the Lower Valley harvest of sugarcane, citrus, and vegetables were temporarily interrupted due to wet fields. Fruit and nut trees were blooming in the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands.

    Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Livestock conditions were favorable throughout the state. Range and pasture continued to progress due to recent rainfall and warm season grasses are greening rapidly. Some producers in North East Texas experienced flooding and could not reach their pastures.

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