What is in this article?:
- Rare exceptions show crop promise.
- Some areas have had no rain since last fall.
- Two million acres of cotton in jeopardy in High Plains
Northeast Texas may be the most promising spot in the region, says Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist.
“The wheat crop is very good with many growers averaging around 60 bushels per acre,” Swart said. “We are about halfway through harvest. The corn and grain sorghum crops are promising and look very good at this time.”
The area has received what growers refer to as “adequate rainfall,” since early spring.
Rusty Strickland, a peanut and cotton farmer from Quail, Texas, says conditions remain dry.
“The last (appreciable) rain we had was Nov. 12. We got four-tenths about a month ago, but numerous days of 40 mile per hour wind have this country in sad shape. My irrigated crop is planted and up. We are running our pivots non-stop.”
He’s planted mostly cotton, “with a couple of circles of peanuts. We need a rain and less wind to continue yielding like normal,” he said.
Todd Baughman, Texas Extension peanut specialist and agronomist at Vernon, Texas, says peanut acreage is down.
“Peanut acres were going to be off this year anyway,” he said. “Dry weather and cotton prices already had taken 35 percent to 40 percent of the acres prior to this continued drought.”
He said Rolling Plains cotton farmers are waiting to plant dryland acreage. “Most dryland acres have not been planted in the Rolling Plains with much of the areas’ last planting date June 20. We will likely start seeing quite a bit go in dry this week.”
He predicts that most intended acreage will be planted.