From the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the tip of Texas to the Mid-coast or Coastal Bend of Texas, both corn and grain sorghum harvest has been completed, and depending on who you talk to, early reports indicate a fair-to-extremely-good harvest so far
Various stages of crop progress are being reported across the Southwest region. In Central and Southwest Texas, corn is beginning to dry down; sorghum and cotton can be found at varying developmental stages; and in the case of watermelons, harvest...
When assessing damage in cotton, research has shown that a population as low as 20,000 plants per acre can partially compensate for the reduced stand, although this will vary with the degree of damage.
Depending on where you farm, spring's transition from spring to the summer season has been on the brutal side for many, temperatures warming up well into the three-digit zone.
The annual field day showcases the latest in production agriculture at the Stiles, which serves as a teaching platform for Blackland farmers throughout the region.
“It looks like we may have significant cotton acreage replanted to something else or fallowed,” says Brent Bean, director of agronomy, National Sorghum Producers (NSP) in Lubbock. “Sorghum is a good option. It’s something to look at.”
Grasshoppers and thrips threaten Texas Panhandle crops. Growers urged to scout and monitor insect populations.
The field day is hosted by the Stiles Farm Foundation and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. There is no registration fee courtesy of the Williamson County Farm Bureau.
Topsoil moisture, or the lack thereof, also concerns corn and sorghum producers in swaths of the High Plains. Dry conditions concern South Texas growers.