The 2015 wheat and corn crops did not meet expectations for Grayson County, Texas, farmer Eric Akins. “We were too wet to plant until we were too dry to plow,” Akins said as he combined the last field of his much-reduced corn acreage.
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Persistent spring rains, starting back in March, curbed Akins’ wheat yields. He averaged about 50 bushels per acre, down significantly from the 80 plus he’d made the past three years.
Corn fared even worse. Of the 2,900 acres Akins planned to put in, wet conditions limited him to 190. He averaged just under 85 bushels per acre on the 190- acre crop, less than usual but not bad considering the year. The near historic wet spring planting season gave way to drought that began in June and persisted well into late summer. By the third week of August much of East Texas, including the Northeast corner where Akins farms, had moved out of drought-free status back into the abnormally dry to severe drought range.
As Akins finished cutting corn, he was thinking about acreage and crop mix for 2016. He typically pants half in corn and half in wheat but says neither option looks good now.