Most areas of state see rainfall Texas
Most areas of the state received rainfall during the week ending June 9, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, June 10.
Portions of East and North Texas and the Plains experienced slow, soaking rains, providing up to four inches for the week. Many areas of Central and West Texas experienced scattered showers and rainfall totals of 0.1 inch or less.
Wheat and oats were maturing around the state. Harvest activity increased in many areas. Some producers cut back on irrigation to let fields dry before harvest.
In the High Plains, corn planting was wrapping up while sorghum planting continued. Cotton planting continued in the Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Recently planted crops benefited greatly from precipitation last week.
However in most areas, additional rainfall was needed to replenish soil moisture. Irrigation of row crops was active in the High Plains and elsewhere.
Harvest of vegetables and blackberries was underway in East Texas. Insect and disease problems continued for some vegetable producers. In the Trans-Pecos, pecans had passed fertilization stage and were beginning to develop. In the Edwards Plateau, peaches were ripening with some harvest underway. Potato and cabbage harvest continued in South Texas, while onion harvest was complete. In the Lower Valley, cantaloupe harvest continued and citrus harvest was winding down.
Livestock, range and pastures and hay fields improved in many areas due to timely rains and mild temperatures. Grass growth increased and producers continued to cut hay and spray for weeds. However in portions of the Plains and the Trans-Pecos, very little growth was evident as wind and high temperatures dried out top soil and left range and pastureland drought-stressed. Livestock were in good condition overall, with some ranchers continuing to cull their herds due to lack of forage growth.