In spite of rain delays at planting time, Coastal Bend, Texas, farmers managed to get grain sorghum and other crops planted and are now winding down milo harvest with reports of decent yields but also some fields with severe damage from early rains and delayed planting.
Harvest weather has been almost ideal. The late planting and replanting resulted in some non-uniform stands, so producers are seeing a lot of fields that are green or just turning yellow, sometimes with various ranges of maturity in the same field, likely flood or ponding related. Some fields were plowed under; others are in poor condition.
Producers have reported little harvest effect from sugarcane aphid infestations so far, but later harvest could be hampered by the honeydew gumming up machinery
Yields likely will be off from last year but some will see significant benefits from early rain and will produce well. Even some of the delayed sorghum has responded and could outperform early expectations..
(Photos by Carla and Logan Hawkes)