The continuous and excessive amounts of rain we received that began last September and carried on through the spring not only prevented a lot of last year’s cotton crop from being harvested, it also delayed the planting of this year’s crops and in many cases changed plans. John Malazzo farms in Burleson County.
“We started planting corn. There was a small window there where we could plant some corn, but we didn’t finish. Before we finished planting corn we got another six inch rain, so that stopped us from planting for a long time, that big rain that we had. So by the time it dried up enough to plant again, it was too late for corn.”
Malazzo changed what he was going to plant on some corn acres.
“That’s one of the decisions I had to make was do I abandon this and call it prevented planting or do I change crops? Well, we decided to go ahead and plant cotton. So we have very little corn compared to what we usually do, a lot more cotton compared to what we usually do, and the cotton crop is a lot later because of the rains we had.”
Malazzo says it’s hard to estimate what corn yields will be. Corn that was in the upper end of the field looks pretty good, but corn in the lower end stood in water.
“The water doesn’t have to be over the top of the crop for the crop to drown. If it covers the ground, the water covers the ground your roots are not getting any oxygen and it just literally starves to death. That’s why I think you see some of this corn that matured out at a very short height.”
And this year Malazzo has seen something he’s never seen before.
“A lot of this corn that was water stressed has put out an ear on the very bottom of the stalk. The ear is less than a foot from the ground. And I’ve never seen that. Most of the time that ear forms on say the eighth or ninth node which is usually about shirt pocket high. And this year we’re going to put our headers all the way on the ground to be able to get all of our ears."