Across Texas, corn production is up and down, says David Gibson, executive director for Texas Corn Producers Board. “The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated yield of 138 bushels per acre seems to be pretty accurate with what we're hearing from farmers across the state and seeing in the Panhandle as of right now,” he says.
“The Panhandle and South Plains corn crop is looking to come in with about average or even a little better than average yields compared to what we've seen historically,” Gibson says.
“We've heard from farmers south of Dallas, in the Blacklands area, that most yielded just above what they were expecting for the year, and it's overall an average crop.”
It’s not quite that good further south. “The Coastal Bend and South Texas had some areas with good yields and some that didn't fare as well this year. Overall though, we're expecting about an average corn crop statewide this year or even a little above average.
Producers in Northeast Texas are completing harvest of what is a surprisingly good crop, as the harvest pictures here indicate.
READY TO HARVEST, Northeast Texas corn yields promise a bit more than growers expected following a late start.
THE LAST FIELD of left to harvest on this Grayson County, Texas, farm was cutting a bit better than 100 bushels per acre.
A GRASSHOPPER’S VIEW of Northeast Texas corn harvest.
MOVING INTO the last field of corn for 2013.
TYLER NORMAN finishes corn harvest for his grandfather, Jack Norman, in Grayson County, Texas.
MAKING PROGRESS toward the final rows of corn harvest.
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A BIG SWATH of harvested corn indicates a job almost done.
CHOPPED STALKS, mark progress on this Grayson County, Texas corn field. Production in the Northeast corner of the state has been better than many expected considering drought and a late cool snap.
JIM SWART, Texas AgriLife IPM agent, shows two well-filled ears of corn.
LINING UP TO dump harvested corn into the buggy.
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ON THE MOVE transfer of corn from combine to grain cart.
GOLDEN KERNELS of grain flow from combine to grain cart.
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TO THE TRUCK and onto market.
A PUFF OF DUST indicates the last grains of corn moving from grain cart to the truck.