Winter wheat conditions improve in some areas texas
A mixed bag of weather was reported across Texas for the week ending March 2, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Texas Field Office, March 4. Most areas saw a return to warmer temperatures with highs in the 80s midweek. However, the High Plains recorded freezing temperatures with snow and sleet at week’s end with precipitation totals ranging from 0.25 inches to 2 inches. East Texas received up to 2 inches of precipitation with the remainder of the state receiving a trace up to an inch of moisture.
Winter wheat conditions improved in the Northern High Plains and the Edwards Plateau where precipitation was received. Irrigation aided the progress of oats in south Texas.
The passage of a cold front delayed corn planting in the Blacklands. Corn planting continued in south central Texas, despite dry conditions. Sorghum planting was in full swing in the Lower Valley. Sorghum and cotton growers in the Coastal Bend delayed planting in hopes of receiving needed moisture. Herbicide application continued in the Northern Low Plains in preparation for cotton planting.
Fruit trees continued to be pruned in northeast Texas. Pecan hedging had been completed in the Trans-Pecos. Producers in the Lower Valley continued to transplant vegetables and began preparations for the upcoming onion harvest.
Calving season continued in full swing. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued. Producers continued to see a favorable cattle market, with prices rising for all classes. Feral hogs continued to cause problems throughout east Texas. Fire danger remained high for most of the state’s rangeland.
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