For the week ending May 22, areas of the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, and East Texas received up to 6 inches of rainfall, areas of the Edwards Plateau, South Texas, and the Lower Valley received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed scattered showers, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, on May 23.
Producers continued to cut and bale wheat for hay in areas of the northern part of the state. Wheat and oats dried out due to windy conditions and hot temperatures in areas of the Plains. Wheat harvest in areas of the Low Plains and the Blacklands was in full swing. Recently harvested wheat and oat fields were plowed under in areas of South Texas.
In areas of the High Plains, heavy irrigation on recently planted cotton and corn was active; however, top soil moisture continued to decline due to windy conditions and hot temperatures. Irrigated cotton planting was in full swing in areas of the Southern Plains; however, producers were in need of moisture for dry-land cotton planting. Recently planted dryland grain sorghum and cotton was in need of rainfall in areas of the Cross Timbers. Recently planted corn and grain sorghum in areas of the Blacklands made good progress due to plentiful earlier rainfall. Cotton squared, corn emerged, sorghum headed out, peanut planting was active, and soybeans set pods in areas of South Texas and the Upper Coast.
Recently planted irrigated sunflowers made good progress in areas of the Plains while head moth spraying was active in areas of the Blacklands. Fall planted onions continued to bulb and pecan pollination was active in the Trans-Pecos. Vegetable harvest made good progress in areas of North East Texas. Green bean, cabbage, potato, and onion harvest was active in South Texas.
Cattle and calf culling continued in areas of the Plains due to drought conditions and high input costs. Recent rainfall in the northeastern and central part of the state helped fill some livestock ponds; however, pond levels remain very low. Feral hog damage increased in areas of North East Texas. Hay supplies were short in areas of the Plains due to drought conditions, while the first cutting of hay was active across the state. Warm season pasture growth was delayed in areas of the eastern part of the state due to cool temperatures while pastures were in need of further moisture across other areas of the state. Wildfires continued to damage farmland in areas of the Plains and the Trans-Pecos while cattle relocation was active; however, earlier burned acreage recovered due to recent rainfall. Burn bans remained in effect across the state due to low humidity; however, the threat continued to decline in areas of the northeastern part of the state and the Edwards Plateau due to scattered showers.
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