Spring Rains and Cool Weather Yield Mixed Results

While our May rains were very beneficial to most row crops, some of the cool days we enjoyed in May mixed in with the rains have caused some problems. Jay Wilder farms in Burleson County.

“Cotton is, it’s just starting to kind of square a little bit. We had to replant some. We’re kind of all over the board on cotton. Our grain sorghum looks really, really good. It’s just right at the boot stage. The head will be coming out probably here in the next week, ten days. Corn is past roasting ear stage. It looks really good.”

Wilder explained that corn used to make feed has to dry down unlike food grade corn.

“Roasting ear stage would be at the point to where if you were just walk out into the field and hand pull it to eat. We’ve past that point. It’s already starting to dent maybe a little, so it’s getting to the harder side toward more of the grain process. It really looks good. We irrigated one time and since then we’ve had five inches of rain so I think we’re really good moisture wise on corn. We should have a really good crop.”

Wilder says their cotton was planted early to mid-April and as it was coming up the cool, wet weather we experienced created some disease issues.

“As cotton is emerging we don’t need a combination of an excessive amount of rain and the cool, which is exactly what we had this year. But we’ve got to have rain, we just don’t need the combination of the two as the cotton is emerging.”

Once we get past last week’s wet weather and temperatures begin to rise, Wilder expects those heat units to have a positive impact on the young cotton plants.

“It’s coming up really good, what we’ve replanted looks good so hopefully it’ll get going.”

And there’s that touch of optimism, that’s required of agricultural producers.