From the Ground Up - 2014 Corn Crop

Texas farmers know that it’s not a matter of if their crops are going to have to endure some stresses during the growing season, but how many stresses they will encounter.

After a rocky start it looks like some Central Texas corn crops are flirting with some very good yields. Aaron Martinka farms in Milam County.

“When we started planting corn it was unseasonably cold, and had a little bit decent moisture, so we had some pretty good hopes going in. Planted corn and the weather conditions stayed cold, kind of got stressful. Then it started coming out. Then it started getting dry, so I thought we were heading toward another tough year.”

Martinka says that’s when the weather did a quick turn-around.

“Then about when all hope was just about to be lost, in early May we started getting some very good rains that just kind of revived everything, and made it easy to forget what we just went through, and ever since then we got some timely good rains and it looks to be one of the better years in a long time.”

One of the unspoken benefits of this year has been the cooler temperatures.

“The heat, the one hundred degrees, we have not seen. It’s really been about from the mid-nineties on down, which corn just continues to grow through the whole process.”

We asked when he could say his crop had been made.

“Well the corn crop is probably about seven to ten days from black layer. So at that point in time the game’s over and I can sleep good at night. Black layer is just a matter of the corn just drying down, just a matter of time, so we’re on the home stretch and we’re abut done.”

Of course, yields aren’t official until the corn’s in the barn.

“If we had a lot of rain, it could diminish or hurt the seed quality, but out of all the things I worry about, that’s one of the least things.”