Bitter Cold May Have Damaged Texas Wheat and Oat Crops

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
By Paul Martin

Texas Crop Report

Chron.com
Feb. 15, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension for the week of Feb. 15:

Central: Bitter cold temperatures may have damaged wheat and oat crops. Producers were providing large amounts of supplemental feed to all livestock. Upcoming warm, drying conditions were expected help small-grain crops.

Coastal Bend: Below-normal, freezing temperatures were the rule for most of the reporting period. Field activities, including fertilizer applications, resumed as soils dried out. Corn growers were preparing to start planting soon. Due to loss of grazing, livestock producers continued to supplement cattle with forage and protein.

East: Most of the second week of February was cold with lows in the teens and highs below freezing. Some rain ice and snow was reported in many areas of the region. Hard freezes damaged some winter forages. Livestock were quickly depleting hay supplies. Some producers were bringing in alfalfa hay. Increased supplemental feeding costs this season were high. Warmer weather arrived at the end of the reporting period, and spring calving was under way. Feral hog activity increased in some pastures.

Far West: Most of the region was under a burn ban. Rangeland remained dry, and livestock producers were providing supplemental feed and large amounts of minerals to cattle. Winter wheat was damaged by a hard freeze. Fall-planted onions also suffered some freeze damage. Alfalfa that was coming out of dormancy was set back, and crowns were frozen. Pecan trees were still dormant but were also affected by the freeze.

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