“Dad says it’s the first time since he’s been farming, since 1964, that he can remember that we haven’t done any irrigation.”
Milo is a crop that is relatively drought tolerant.
“I’d say out of 10 years we’ll water maybe 2 or 3, so typically we don’t have to water our Milo.”
Jay Wilder wasn’t sure what the abundant rains we experienced would do to their Milo yields.
“Going into harvest time we were kind of undecided about what kind of crop we were gonna have, because Milo is typically more of a dry land type crop, you know, it doesn’t prefer a lot of rain or water, so we were concerned at that point, but once we got everything harvested and in the bins, it ended up being a really good crop.”
But the rains must have been timely.
“We would typically average between 6000 and 6500 pounds per acre. We averaged right at 6800 pounds.”
And grain prices are good.
“Our Milo price, soybean price, wheat price, all of those of ours have been substantially better than they have been previously, and I think the main things driving that’s going to be the ethanol driving the corn industry, and then everything else just following.”
“So many of the acres have gone over to corn, which lowered our soybean acres, wheat acres, and Milo acres.”
And being able to get in a good cotton crop before fall rains begin would bring their growing season to a successful finale.
“As far as the rain situation and the farming side of our operation with cotton, we would prefer not to have any rain for the next 3 to 4 weeks.”
But as they say, it’s not over ‘til it’s over.