Grain farmers in NE Texas scurry to finish fieldwork

Northeast Texas farmers were taking advantage of a few warm, sunny days early this week to catch up on side-dressing corn, planting milo and checking wheat fields before another spate of rainy weather moves in.

Predictions were calling for near 100 percent chances of rain beginning Tuesday and running through the rest of the week. The area has received ample rainfall beginning last fall, farmers say. Most are looking at good wheat crops but not as good as they made the past three years. Rainfall actually set the crop back a bit. Observers say wheat on high ground will do well; some expect to bump 100 bushels per acre on some of those fields; they anticipate low-lying areas to come in closer to 20.

Corn farmers are side-dressing the corn they were able to plant. They estimate that only one-third of anticipated acreage was planted. Again, wet conditions prevented planting.

Others are scrambling to get milo in the ground before planting deadlines expire.

It’s been a busy week and I appreciate the folks who crawled off a tractor for a few minutes to catch me up and allow me to shoot a few photos.

TAGS: Wheat
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