While most grain sorghum growing areas across the nation are just ramping up for harvest, the early harvest of South Texas grain sorghum has all but wrapped up in recent days.
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.
A few fields in South Texas suffered from varying weather condition—too wet in a few places and too dry in others—causing some grain to develop well and some suffering damage. April and early May rains were so abundant (and spotty) on some fields that farmers questioned whether to replant or take their chances on minimal losses from saturated soils.
By the last of May, temperatures began to reach into triple digits, bringing a dry-down for some and crop stress for others. Fortunately, growers say timely rains brought just enough moisture to help grain crops reach maturity.
Exact numbers for the harvest won't be known for a while, but farmers in the Valley and Coastal Bend report fair to very good crop conditions and yields.
Grain sorghum harvest continues in the Upper Coast and in parts of the Texas Hill Country this week. Reports from the Southern and High Plains of Texas indicate some sorghum suffered extreme damage to wind and hail; some areas are approaching full maturity.