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Panhandle remains dry, windy while other parts of state get cooler temps


Southern Texas received much sought-after rainfall during the week ending April 28, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, April 29.

Areas from South Texas and the Lower Valley through the Upper Coast and South Central Texas recorded from one half to three inches of precipitation. Cooler-than normal conditions persisted across the state, with areas from the Northern High Plains down to the Upper Coast experiencing nighttime freezing temperatures. Conditions in the Panhandle remained dry and windy.

Freezing temperatures late in the week compounded earlier damage. Producers in areas of the Plains, the Cross-Timbers, and the Blacklands prepared to bale freeze damaged wheat. Wheat in East Texas headed out and was in good condition. Some producers in South Texas cut wheat and oats that were damaged by previous hail storms for hay.

Crop progress across the state was slowed by cool temperatures. Some producers in the Blacklands, South East Texas, and South Central Texas reported damage to corn and sorghum from nighttime freeze events. Cotton planting continued in the Blacklands. Some producers in the Upper Coast replanted cotton fields due to excessive freeze damage.

Vegetable and citrus crops continued to be harvested in South Texas and the Lower Valley. Watermelons in South Texas were reported to be slow to develop due to cool temperatures. Some producers in the Plains and East Texas reported that fruit crops suffered serious freeze damage.

Sorghum sudan was being planted in the Southern Low Plains and the Cross Timbers for grazing and hay. Cold temperatures across the state slowed growth of summer pasture grasses. Cattle conditions in the Blacklands and East Texas were good, with producers able to utilize pastures in combination with supplemental feeding. Many pastures in the Plains, South Texas, and the Lower Valley remained in poor condition.

Date: 5/6/2013



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