March 8, 2020
Most of Texas received from trace amounts to upwards of three inches of precipitation last week. Some counties in the Low Plains, Edwards Plateau and East Texas received in excess of four to five inches. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.
Small Grains: Winter wheat conditions improved in areas of the Low and High Plains where rainfall was received, while other areas reported still needing moisture. Small grains in North East Texas, the Blacklands, South Central Texas and South Texas continued to improve.
Row Crops: Producers in the Northern High Plains applied fertilizers to corn fields in preparation for upcoming plantings. Sorghum plantings in the Southern Low Plains benefited from the recent rainfall. Many Cross Timbers farmers were successful in getting their corn planted prior to rainfall. Meanwhile, corn plantings were delayed in the Blacklands and the Edwards Plateau due to wet conditions. Corn plantings in South Central Texas and the Upper Coast neared completion. Sorghum and corn planting continued in South Texas, while cotton plantings continued in the Coastal Bend.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Pecan pruning and orchard floor preparation were underway but behind in areas of the Trans-Pecos. Spinach harvest continued in South Texas while cabbage harvest will resume next week, weather permitting.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock were rated in mostly fair to good condition. Supplemental feeding continued across the state. Pasture and range condition was rated mostly fair to good, though pasture conditions varied greatly across the state. Feral swine damage continued in areas of South East Texas.tx-cw-03-08-2020