Texas Crop Progress and Condition Weekly Summary, Oct. 8-14, 2018
Late in the week a cold front hit Texas, bringing below freezing temperatures to areas of the Northern High Plains. Precipitation levels varied across the state. The highest rainfall totals were reported in East Texas, the Blacklands, the Cross Timbers, South Central Texas and the Edwards Plateau, ranging between 2 and 8inches, with isolated areas reporting upwards of 10 inches. There were 4 days suitable for fieldwork.
Small Grains: Recent rains delayed winter wheat seedings in many parts of the state. Early planted small grains were progressing very well in the Southern High Plains. Armyworms continued to be an issue across the state.
Row Crops: Cool weather in the Northern High Plains had cotton producers concerned with a possible drop in lint quality. Cotton harvest was ongoing in areas of South Texas and the Upper Coast, but remained stalled in many other areas of the state due to excess rainfall. Peanut harvest progressed in South Texas.
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops: Walnut caterpillar infestations were affecting pecans in the Cross Timbers, while harvest had been halted by the weather. Pecan harvest was underway in the Trans-Pecos, South Central Texas and South Texas. Spinach, cabbage and onion planting continued, while watermelon and cantaloupe harvest neared completion in South Texas. Sugarcane and citrus harvest was underway in the Lower Valley.
Livestock, Range and Pasture: Most livestock and cattle remained in good body condition across the stateRanchers began treating livestock for stomach worms in the Edwards Plateau. Pasture and range condition improved and was rated 73 percent good to fair.