Source: USDA NASS Southern Office | May 12, 2019
Cool, wet weather affected most of the eastern and central areas of the state during the past week. Precipitation in East Texas, the Blacklands, the Cross Timbers, the Upper Coast, South Central Texas and the Coastal Bend ranged between 1 and 6 inches, with isolated areas in the Upper Coast and South East Texas getting upwards of 15 inches. Rainfall in the rest of the state ranged from trace amounts to 3 inches, with isolated areas in the Northern High Plains and the Edwards Plateau getting upwards of 5 inches. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork.
Small Grains: Wheat producers were assessing wind and hail damage in the Northern High Plains. Rust was found in wheat in the Low Plains. Wet conditions caused lodging problems in small grains in the Blacklands. Wheat harvest in the Coastal Bend and South Texas was delayed due to rainfall.
Row Crops: Rainfalls delayed row crops planting in the Plains and the Blacklands. In areas of the Blacklands, corn and sorghum turned yellow due to excess moisture. Flood water covered corn, sorghum and cotton in some areas in South East Texas. Cotton in parts of the Coastal Bend was showing moisture stress. Precipitation stalled rice planting in the Upper Coast.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Red potatoes and spinach were harvested in South Texas, while onion and cabbage harvests were delayed by precipitation. Other vegetables were emerging. Pecan producers in the Cross Timbers were struggling to keep enough fungicide in the trees to control scab.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Livestock condition remained mostly good to fair across the state. Fly numbers remained high in North East Texas. Pasture and range condition continued rated mostly good to fair.