Grain Harvest Begins - From the Ground Up

“We had really a real good growing season. We probably watered less this year than we have in years. We were fortunate, right in our area here, we got showers, just at the right time, and rain.”

Joe Wilder farms in the Brazos River Bottom in Burleson County.

“This was a strange year. I don’t know, I can’t figure it out, but anyway, we had dry land milo, that made better than irrigated milo. I’ve talked to some of my neighbors that had corn that was irrigated, and it barely beat dry land corn.”

Apparently, a little rain is hard to beat.

“We had some milo under a center pivot that was watered three times, and it cut about 400 pounds less than some that had no water other than Mother Nature’s water. A little bit at the right time can do a whole lot.”

Knowing precisely when to water isn’t an exact science.

“I’ve had some that we’ve stressed out because we couldn’t get to it. It responded quicker and did more. So, are we too early on some, are we too late on some, the problem is we can’t get it all done at the same time, so you gotta start a little bit early.”

Overall, Wilder was pleased with the milo crop.

“We didn’t quite go to our average yields, but when it all averaged out though, we were close. After last year, you know, anything is great.”

And soybeans and cotton look very promising.

“Now so many things can change so quick.”

And until the crop is harvested and out of the weather, this year’s yields remain a guess. I’m Bob French, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.

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