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Northeast Texas growers harvesting record corn cropNortheast Texas growers harvesting record corn crop

After a disappointing wheat harvest Northeast Texas corn farmers are feeling pretty good about a corn crop that may break yield records.

Ron Smith 1

August 24, 2017

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Northeast Texas farmers are harvesting a dryland corn crop that most believe will be the best they've ever made.

The Blacklands area received ample rain throughout the growing season to keep corn out of moisture stress.

Jim Swart, retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, and now executive director for Cereal Crops Research Incorporated (CCRI), says the Northeast Texas region has had ample rainfall all during the growing season. “I don’t think spring crops ever stressed for moisture,” he says.

Leonard, Texas, farmer Ronnie Lumpkins expects yield to push 180 bushels per acre. Ben Scholz, who farms about 40 miles south, near Wylie and Lavon, Texas, anticipates a 130-bushel average yield. Typical yield for dryland corn in this area is closer to 80 or 90 bushels.One issue they've battled has been finding enough trucks to haul the grain to the elevators.

They agree that this may be a good problem to have since they have plenty of corn to transport.


About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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