Lately if you’ve driven in some of our rural areas you might have noticed amber waves of grain in some fields. What you were seeing is milo, which is also called grain sorghum, and this year’s harvest has begun. Jay Wilder farms and ranches in Burleson County.
“This year we’re having a really good yield. I would say what’s led up to that is that we’ve had really timely rainfall, not excessive amounts of rain. We got our farm work done on time, as far as our fertilization, planting, and then a side dress fertilization again, and then any herbicide work. I think we had all of that done in a really good timely manner and didn’t have any injury to the crop being late with any of that.”
Wilder says his grain sorghum yield is twenty-five to thirty percent better than the last couple of years.
“Last year we had twelve to fifteen inches of rain in August which was when we were harvesting and that was really detrimental to the crop. And the year prior was kind of the same situation a little earlier in the year and the crop struggled to come out of it.”
Wilder says this crop will be used to produce meat to put on people’s plates in other countries.
“Our grain that we’re shipping to the port now, they’re expecting a ship this week, so I would assume it’s going to China. That’s where it’s gone the last several years. I would think it’s mostly pork and poultry production.”
Wilder says they’re careful to harvest only the grain heads on the first pass with the combine.
“For our cattle operation we’ll come in and harvest or chop some of the stubble itself and bale that for our hay source. It’s not a real high protein type source, but it’s a really good filler and we supplement that with a liquid feed or whole cotton seed or some type of product that has a lot of protein to it and then we’ll just use this as a filler.”