Texas

The southern region of the Panhandle received rainfall totaling from 0.1 to 1.0 inches during the week ending Sept. 3, and some of the more fortunate areas of the Southern High Plains, Northern High Plains, Southern Low Plains, and Edwards Plateau received most of the precipitation in Texas, according to the Texas Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Sept. 5.

Isolated showers brought rainfall to large areas of the Southern High Plains along with the Low Plains and Edwards Plateau, which ranged mostly from 0.5 to 3.0 inches. Isolated showers brought as much as 6 inches to small sections of the Edwards Plateau. The Trans-Pecos, Central Texas, the Cross Timbers, and Blacklands all received rainfall totaling from 0.1 to 0.25 inches, with isolated showers that brought small sections 0.5 to 1 inches. The remainder of the state remained very dry. Many areas reported temperatures over 100 degrees, as areas such as the Lower Valley reported that the month of August was one of the hottest months on record according to local meteorologists. Insect pressure remained low.

Planting of Wheat began in the Northern High Plains, Southern High Plains and Southern Low Plains. Conditions looked preferable as cooler temperatures came along.

Despite the much cooler temperatures, consistent precipitation in the Northern High Plains helped the cotton in the area to progress, with boll retention fair. The recent drop in temperature had more of an effect on the Southern High Plains, which slowed maturation. Early planted and drought stressed crop began to start defoliation. Farmers in the Blacklands and in the Lower Valley continued to harvest. Although much slower than in previous years, ginning was active in the Lower Valley as harvest neared completion. Statewide, cotton condition was mostly fair to poor.

Corn harvest continued in the Northern High Plains. In the Blacklands, harvest of the crop continued to wind down as many of the remaining farmers kept baling failed corn for hay. The corn condition statewide was mostly fair to very poor.

Some of the sorghum crop in the High Plains, mainly irrigated, was harvested. Further grain production seemed unpromising for many of the dryland acres there. Northern Plains growers were pleased as continued rainfall improved late planted sorghum. Larger heads were a result of this moisture as the crop began to reach the grain making stage. Harvest of the late planted crop was in gear along the Coastal Blend, and many growers expected for this to continue until late September. Statewide, sorghum condition was mainly fair to very poor.

Peanut condition statewide was mostly rated good to fair. Most of the rice crop had been harvested in the Upper Coast; the remaining acres made great progress under good weather conditions. The condition of rice was mainly good to fair.

Soybean growers along the Upper Coast examined fields for Asian Soybean Rust. Stink bugs were a major issue in this same area. Statewide, the condition was mostly fair to very poor.

Pumpkins continued to progress well in the Northern High Plains, with promises of harvest in the next week. Sugarcane irrigation was active in the Lower Valley.

Pecans were in the shell-hardening stage in the Trans-Pecos area and nut filling looked good despite black aphid pest problems resulting from increased moisture.

Grass and rangeland conditions continued to improve throughout the Plains. The Northern High Plains experienced rangeland growth at a very steady rate. Livestock water continued to be low along with the resulting liquidation of livestock. In South Texas, fire risks continued to increase.

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