Much of state gets rain
Much of the state received rainfall during the week ending Oct. 7, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, Oct. 9.
Portions of East and South Texas recorded four inches or more for the week, while most other areas observed scattered showers.
Winter wheat and oats seeding continued across the state. Rainfall helped the germination and emergence of recently seeded fields, but also delayed small grains seeding activities in some areas.
Rainfall hampered fieldwork in some areas but generally aided crop development. Cotton bolls continued to open in the Plains and West Texas as cotton defoliation and harvest began to pick up. In East and South Texas, cotton harvest was in full swing with many gins operating at high capacity. Plains producers continued to harvest corn, sorghum, and sunflowers with some fields still maturing. Soybean harvest continued in Northeast Texas and was wrapping up in South Texas. Peanut harvest was active across North Texas and the Plains.
Pecans continued to develop around the state with some crops reaching the final stage of maturity. Some problems with pecan scab were reported. Spinach planting began in areas of South Texas. In the Lower Valley, tomatoes, onions, and sugarcane made progress under irrigation. Some producers were continuing to prepare for onion planting. Late summer cantaloupe harvest was ongoing in some areas.
Rainfall improved pasture conditions and stock tank levels across most of the state. Producers continued to plant winter pastures and bale hay with armyworm pressure being reported in some hay fields. Cool-season grasses were starting to come up in many pastures. Livestock were generally faring well, benefiting from cooler temperatures and increased vegetation. In parts of South Texas however, some supplemental feeding of livestock was necessary in areas that did not receive adequate rainfall. Fall cattle work continued around the state. In the Edwards Plateau, shipping of goats was underway.