“We started off, probably had some of the best moisture we’ve had at planting time, and got everything up. Everything got off to a good start. And then it got dry, and drier, and drier.”
Joe Wilder farms in Burleson County and said they’d planned on irrigating everything they could.
“We got to the point where we had to quit something, so we quit our milo and went to our beans with the intention of coming back and doing our milo, and we never got back. It’s just one of those years when everything hit us at once. Once we got behind, we never could catch up.”
Wilder says given this year’s weather, crops are in pretty good shape.
“Naturally, if we could have gotten one rain, one timely rain, they would have been a lot better, but as dry as it’s been, we’re tickled with what we’re harvesting. Some of the corn is up. Some of it’s down. It just depends on your location.”
Sometimes yields are hard to predict.
“This field we’re standing in hadn’t been watered this year at all. It’s surprising. One right across the turn row from us cut real good, and it really shocked us. I was expecting about half of what we normally cut. We’re running about a thousand to fifteen hundred pounds less on dry land.”
Commodity prices are up, but so are crop inputs.
“Our fuel, our fertilize, chemicals, everything that we purchase has just skyrocketed this year, and with the price of the commodities, I think we’ll be about where we are normally. I don’t think we’ll make any more.”
Mother Nature and economic circumstances can create obstacles that are hard to hurdle.
“It’s just one of those deals that, everything hasn’t worked like it’s supposed to.”
But there’s always a chance of hitting that home run with that next crop, and that’s what keeps a lot of folks in production agriculture in business one more year.