Butch Aycock says he used to consider himself a corn farmer, “until it didn’t rain for about five years.”
He says a farmer can do everything right, get a perfect stand and have everything set up for a good yield. “But if the water is turned off the best stand will not make a crop. You can’t cure dry.”
Aycock, who farms mostly in Collin County, Texas, in the Northeast corner of the state, says his 2012 corn crop is off to a good start in most places. “We had a lot of June rains, up to 10 inches in some fields, but the crop varies a lot.”
He’s hoping to make a “two-fer,” two good crops in a year with a good corn yield following the best wheat he’s ever had, an 80 bushel per acre average. Another decent rain or two and he’ll have a good chance of that two-fer.