Nearly a million acres of grain sorghum is either being harvested or being prepared for harvest across South Texas from the Lower Rio Grande Valley north up the coastline to Houston, and early reports indicate the crop is yielding.

The news shared by multiple county agents and grain scouts up and down the Texas coast comes on the heels of a challenging year caused by late planting because of late and cold winter rains, and potential of a sugarcane aphid explosion, especially in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

“We can’t declare victory until the crop is [fully] harvested and safely in the grain bins,” reports Dr. Raul Villanueva, an AgriLife Extension entomologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. "But so far we have fared very well."

Harvest has already begun in parts of the Valley and Villanueva says many more producers will begin harvesting operations this week as fields continue to dry down after rains that moved across the Valley early last week.

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Texas AgriLife Integrated Pest Management specialist Danielle Sekula-Ortiz in Weslaco says yields so far have looked "exceptionally good" after a heavy sugarcane aphid explosion in May threatened to destroy the crop in late spring.