“This winter’s been pretty wet, or really wet, compared to the year before, and we do have real good sub-moisture right now.”
SPRING RAINS WERE QUITE A TURN AROUND FROM THE YEAR BEFORE.
“No question, getting the kind of rain today we’re getting as a matter of fact. It’s been outstanding. We’re off to a good start.”
BUT THE RAIN CONTINUED, AND CONTINUED. SOME HAY PRODUCERS WERE EITHER UNABLE TO MAKE A FIRST CUTTING, OR UNABLE TO GET THEIR FIRST CUTTING OFF THE FIELD.
“In some instances it’s been cut and it’s been laying there for maybe 3 weeks or 4 weeks, and ground and sky conditions haven’t allowed the proper baling time to pick it up.”
BUT IN THE END RAIN MADE GRAIN AND IT ALSO MADE GRAPES.
“Big leaf canopy, very full clusters, so probably our total production will be up about 40%.”
LOCAL FARMERS CAN’T REMEMBER A GRAIN CROP WITH A YIELD AS BIG AS THIS YEAR’S.
“Our grain sorgham or milo, we had a really good crop. We would typically average between 6000 to 6500 pounds per acre. We averaged right at 6800 pounds.”
“Sometimes we feel like we’re not managing this corn crop like we ought to because we hear about the Midwest yields, and why aren’t we making it, but it’s weather related and this year is proof of that.”
IN EARLY FALL MANY RANCHERS STILL HAD A LOT OF GRASS IN THEIR PASTURES.
“This grass last year at this time was about 4 inches tall, and there wasn’t hardly any here. Now it’s just thick, and actually would make hay, and the cattle have been running in this trap all year.”
COTTON WAS LATE, BUT YIELDS WERE IMPRESSIVE.
“I’m gonna say better than good, just about a great crop, depending on where your cotton was. If it was on the river, the Little Brazos, it got a little too much rain there, but higher, sandier land made some excellent yields.”
OVERALL IT WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR BRAZOS VALLEY AGRICULTURE, AND IF PRODUCERS COULD LEAVE YOU WITH A THOUGHT TO START THE NEW YEAR IT WOULD BE THAT MILK DOESN’T COME FROM THE GROCERY STORE, HAMBURGER DOESN’T COME FROM FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS, AND JEANS, SHIRTS, AND LINENS, DON’T COME FROM THE MALL, THEY ALL BEGIN, FROM THE GROUND UP.