Planting Corn

“ Probably as much excitement going into the corn planting season this year as I can ever remember because of two reasons. One is the excellent market that we have right now, which is unprecedented in my life time, and also the fact that we’re coming off of the highest yielding crop that we’ve ever grown in the Brazos Bottoms.”

John Malazzo grows corn and cotton.

“We’re one of the few areas in the state that’s in perfect moisture condition. We’ve got a little crust we’ve got to break through right now, but south Texas, I just talked to some folks this morning. They’re having to irrigate their crops up. We don’t have that problem. We’ve got excellent sub-soil moisture.”

After some rain delays, Malazzo was able to plant his corn in February.

“This corn is about 30 days planted, and we’re in the third leaf stage, and as I said it’s got a little bit of light frost damage which is very minimal. If we were to go and get a hard freeze right now, it’d burn this corn all the way down to the ground. Previous experience has shown that it would come back without being replanted because the growing point is still below the top of the soil.”

For the most part, Malazzo says farmers in our area have been lucky so far, and don’t have much to complain about.

“Course that could change in a hail storm, or in a minute.”

Most trips you could take to Vegas pale in comparison to the risks farmers take every day during the growing season through harvest. I’m Joe Brown, tracing the journey our food and fiber makes from the farm to our homes, From The Ground Up.

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