Weekly Summary for Nov. 4-10, 2019
Temperature varied greatly in Texas last week. Some areas reported lows in the 20’s with daytime highs in the 80s. Precipitation ranged from trace amounts to 1.5 inches across most of the state. However, areas of the Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, the Upper Coast and the Coastal Bend received between 2 and 3 inches of rain, with isolated areas in the Coastal Bend getting upwards of 5 inches. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork.
Small Grains: Winter wheat was emerging in the High Plains. Meanwhile in the Low Plains, emergence was spotty and the condition of the crop was a concern due to lack of moisture and big swings in temperature. Small grain seeding continued in South Texas, the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands.
Row Crops: Cotton harvest continued in the Plains, the Blacklands, East Texas, the Edwards Plateau and the Trans-Pecos. Some cotton fields in the Plains were plowed under due to poor conditions. Corn and sorghum harvest was active in the Northern High Plains, while peanuts continued to be harvested in South Texas and the Northern Low Plains. Precipitation delayed the harvest of ratoon rice in the Upper Coast.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Development of spinach and cabbage progressed in South Texas, while baby leaf spinach was nearing harvest. Pecan progress varied in the Southern High Plains from opening husks to being harvested. Pecan harvest also continued in the Trans-Pecos and South Central Texas.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock condition continued mostly fair to good across the state. Sporadic temperature changes have caused stress to cattle in the Plains and the Blacklands. The use of supplemental feed remained high in many areas. Range and pasture condition was rated mostly fair to poor.tx-cw-11-10-2019