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South and Central Texas cool-season crops are promising

While prospects for cool-season crops in South and Central Texas seem positive, increased production costs and pandemic-related challenges will likely have a negative impact on pricing and producer profitability.

According to Juan Anciso, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, Weslaco, producers in the Rio Grande Valley are planting cool-season crops such as onions, leafy greens, carrots and kale. The planting window is critical for cool-season crops due to the time they take to mature.

Anciso: “It was dry for a while and that had a negative effect on a few early season plantings. But recent rains have helped these and other newly planted crops while not impeding the producers’ ability to plant more. We have also had generally mild and cooperative weather in most of the region.”

Anciso said although there were issues with some stands in late September and with irrigation water having a higher-than-normal salt content, plant stands are now looking good, and the overall prospect for cool-season crops is positive.


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