Freezing temps negatively impact Plains wheat Texas
Rainfall concentrated mostly in the northeastern parts of the state during the week ending April 21, as some areas in the Blacklands and East Texas received an inch or more of rain according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, April 22.
Portions of the Cross Timbers, the Edwards Plateau, South Central Texas, and the Upper Coast recorded closer to a half inch of precipitation, while the rest of the state saw little to no moisture. The Plains experienced another freeze event along with high winds, which continued to dry out soil moisture.
Freezing temperatures in the Plains negatively impacted wheat in the boot and early heading stages. Producers were still assessing damage from previous freeze events. Wheat and oats in the Blacklands and North East Texas that survived earlier freezes were heading out and in good condition. Irrigated wheat across the rest of the state continued to show promise, while dry land wheat struggled due to a lack of moisture.
Irrigated crops across South Texas continued to develop. Rice planting in the Upper Coast was slowed by previous heavy rains, with some producers waiting on fields to dry while others waited to rebuild washed-out levees.
Producers in that region also planted soybeans and cotton where conditions allowed fieldwork. In the Edwards Plateau, farmers planted sorghum and a few began planting cotton.
Pecans in the Southern High Plains were budding and producers started spraying zinc. Farmers in North East Texas harvested a few cool season vegetables and assessed blueberry and peach damage from prior freeze events. Harvest of citrus and vegetables continued in the Lower Valley.
Livestock producers in South Texas and the Coastal Bend continued to supplement with hay and some reduced inventory due to poor pasture conditions. Areas that received rain last week experienced good forage growth, although many producers reported that growth was slower than otherwise expected due to cooler temperatures.