In spite of heavy rains throughout the spring season, grain sorghum harvest is underway across South Texas. From the Texas Coastal Bend to the Rio Grande Valley, grain producers are reporting average to good yields for grain sorghum and corn.
Plant damage for both crops is visible in many Coastal Bend fields, but good soil moisture helped to make up for losses anticipated in low areas.
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While sorghum producers are well into harvest across Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas and surrounding counties, cotton producers are experiencing heavier pest pressure as a result of grain dry down and harvest operations. One Nueces County cotton producer said he is operating on a 7-day spray schedule, a burdensome increase in input costs.
On the brighter side, he reports cotton is looking exceptionally good and hopes for a good yield.
In the Middle Coastal Bend, late planted cotton, result of spring rains and flooded fields, has delayed development and maturity of the cotton crop, with most fields just now reaching full flowering stage.
Photos by Logan Hawkes