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Rainfall remains scarce


Texas

The Plains experienced warmer temperatures after the previous week's snowfall, and areas in the Cross Timbers and Blacklands received some precipitation. Rainfall remained scarce, however, across the rest of the state as high winds continued to deplete topsoil moisture.

Producers from the Plains to North East Texas top dressed small grain crops and began to apply pesticides as warmer conditions caused some wheat fields to green up. In the Trans-Pecos, oat planting was underway.

Corn planting began in the Trans-Pecos last week, while, elsewhere in the state, planting activities continued despite dry conditions. Producers in the Low Plains were preparing for cotton planting.

Fruit trees began blooming in parts of the Northern Plains. While vegetable planting slowed in North East Texas due to lack of moisture, spring vegetable crops in the Lower Valley progressed. Producers in the Trans-Pecos started to plant chiles.

Producers grazed livestock on winter wheat and oats in an effort to allow pasture to recover from dry conditions. Spring calving season began for some in the Northern Plains. In most areas, pastures were in need of additional moisture.

Date: 3/18/2013



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