Brazos Valley Harvest

By: Joe Brown
By: Joe Brown

“It’s gonna be a good crop, not an exceptional one, I don’t think, because it’s just so hot and dry, even though you are watering it, I don’t think you can quite get the yields that you would have gotten with it been a little cooler, and maybe getting a rain, a timely rain or two.”

Jess Mccrory manages Goodland Farms in Robertson County and says milo harvesting has just been completed, and during the next ten days to two weeks corn will be picked.

“And then we’ll follow up with the soybeans and get our soybeans cut, and then we’ll be ready to harvest the cotton, probably in about October.”

Harvest runs on a pretty tight schedule.

“We have the same combiners, the same harvester that does our milo, our corn, and our soybeans, and all of them get ready to harvest at almost the same time, so it’s really a rush and real hectic to get all that done and get it done on time.”

And a big rainstorm would not only slow harvesting down, it could hurt a crop, particularly milo.

“It’s mature, and it’s dried out, and it’s ready to germinate, so all you have to do is keep it wet for a few days and it will germinate. The corn isn’t quite so bad because it’s protected by that shuck, you know, and the water mostly runs off.”

“The soybeans are not too bad about that, but if they get wet and dry out a couple of times, they, what we call shatter, the bean will just, the bean will pop out of the pod, so they shatter and you lose them completely.”

And growing the crop is only part of the job.

“It’s not over ‘til you, ‘til you get it in the bin, and then you feel pretty safe.”

I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From the Ground Up.


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