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Texas corn acreage likely close to last yearSouth Texas and Northeast Texas corn acreage could be up

Ron Smith 1

March 14, 2016

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<p>Texas corn planting expected to be close to last year&#39;s 2.3 million acres.</p>

Corn acreage in South and Northeast Texas will inch up a bit in 2016 compared to last year, but overall the state acreage should remain close to last year’s 2.3 million.

“Most of the corn is in the ground in South Texas,” says Stephanie Pruitt, communications director, Texas Corn Producers Board and Corn Producers Association of Texas, in Lubbock. “Acreage there is up a little compared to last year.” Some anticipated wheat acreage was not planted last fall because of wet conditions and some farmers planted corn on that ground.

“Corn planting is not quite done in Northeast Texas," Pruitt adds. “They are working fast to get it all in. Last year this area was hit hard by spring rain and prevented planting.” She says producers are about in “the middle of planting season. Corn usually does well in Northeast Texas.”

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She anticipates High Plains corn acreage to be close to last year and “more of a normal crop mix. We have had more rain since fall, so we might pick up a few more acres. It will be interesting to watch.”

She says the High Plain region accounts for a lot of Texas’ corn production. Most is irrigated. “We occasionally see some good dryland corn, but rainfall has to be timely.”

 Planting in the High Plains is several weeks off. “They usually don’t start until April,” Pruitt says. And planting date has been pushed back the last few years. “A later planting date allows producers to use irrigation water more efficiently. That shift has happened just in recent years.”





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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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