Planting Corn

By: Bob French Email
By: Bob French Email

“Last year we didn’t have much rain at all during the winter and when we went into planting season we had no subsoil moisture, so we had to water quite a bit. This year, this winter’s been pretty wet, or really wet, compared to the year before, and we do have real good sub-moisture right now.”

The planting window for corn in the Brazos Bottom began Valentine’s Day.

“The earlier you plant corn, the earlier you get it in the ground, the more yield you make, the later you plant it, every day that’s later you make less bushels per acre.”

Whether an agricultural producer uses a crystal ball, the farmer’s almanac, or Punxsutawney Phil seeing or not seeing his shadow, he has to make a decision.

“Like I say, you can’t predict the weather, and you can’t change it.”

“Whether it’s gonna frost again or not. And moisture, sun, heat units. The ground temperature needs to be at least 50 degrees before you plant corn.”

“Kinda put them all together, and flip a coin and plant it and see what happens.”

The price of corn has caused some farmers to shift to planting more corn than they normally would.

“It’s great that maybe we’ll make a little money off the corn this year since the prices are higher, but it did not, I’m not planting any more corn than I normally plant, now some people are.

Jerry Scamardo has been a cotton farmer all his life.

“Oh yes, we own a cotton gin, and you know if you own a gin you need cotton to gin to keep it running.”

More land being used to grow corn could affect cotton prices.

“So maybe , it will not this year, but maybe the next year, there’ll be less supply on the market, so maybe the price will come up and help us out.”

If you’re involved in agriculture, a little dose of optimism never hurts. I’m Bob French, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From the Ground Up.

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