Source: USDA NASS | April 1, 2019
Mostly dry and warm weather prevailed across the state during the past week. The only significant rains were experienced in the Upper Coast, the Coastal Bend, South Texas and the Lower Valley, where precipitation ranged from trace amounts up to 2 inches. The rest of the state recorded little to no rainfall. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork.
Small Grains: Wheat conditions improved in the High Plains. Some wheat fields in the Southern Low Plains showed signs of freeze damage. Rust was found in some fields in the Cross Timbers. Small grains were progressing in the Blacklands and the Edwards Plateau.
Row Crops: Producers in the Southern High Plains and the Northern Low Plains were preparing fields for planting season. Corn and sorghum planting continued in the Blacklands, the Edwards Plateau and the Upper Coast. Corn was emerging in the Cross Timbers, South Central Texas, the Blacklands, the Coastal Bend and South Texas. Alfalfa weevils were spotted in areas of the Trans-Pecos.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Field preparation for vegetable planting continued in South Texas. Cabbage and spinach harvest were ongoing. Pecan growers were applying irrigation in the Trans-Pecos, meanwhile trees were beginning to leaf in the Edwards Plateau.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock condition across the state remained mostly fair to good. Use of supplemental feed was reported in the Northern High Plains, the Blacklands, North East Texas, South Central Texas, and South Texas. Sheep producers in the Northern Low Plains were lambing and had not encountered parasite issues. Feral hogs continued to cause concern in the Blacklands and North East Texas. Producers were working in conjunction with extension agents on control measures in some areas. Pasture and range condition was rated 77 percent fair to good
To read the full report, click or tap here.