Rainfall, welcome by most farmers and ranchers across Texas, has delayed planting across the state, but some producers are beginning to catch.
Wet field conditions have put planting progress for Texas behind the five-year average, according to a summary by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service, Austin.
Some crops were further along than others. Corn plantings were catching up from a week ago, with 56 percent of the crop planted compared to the five-year average of 66 percent. Cotton was 9 percent planted compared to the average of 17 percent, and grain sorghum 57 percent compared to the five-year average of 61 percent. Sunflower planting, at 38 percent, was actually ahead of the five-year average of 21 percent.
Further behind were rice and soybeans, according to the AgriLife Extension county agent reports. About 64 percent of rice was planted at this time compared to 87 percent for the five-year average. About 21 percent of intended soybean planting was finished, compared to the five-year average of 56 percent.