When we think of what 2022 has brought us, rain is not the first thing that comes to mind. As we enter the month of June, the Texas corn crop is making its way into and out of the soil. Texas Corn Producers’ (TCP) board members commented on the progress they are seeing with the crop in their respective regions.
Region 5: South Texas
Ben Gwynn, Nueces Co.
As in all the other regions here in Texas, region five is seeing the lack of rain as well. Gwynn said his corn crop is 100% planted and suffering from the drought. He reported instead of seeing a 10-foot crop, he is seeing a 4-foot crop with a tassel already. Gwynn is hoping to see rain soon, although not predicted, so farmers can take advantage of the current high market prices.
Region 4: Coastal Bend
Charles Ring, San Patricio Co.
The Coastal Bend region has been hit hard by this year’s dry weather. While in the middle of a drought, Ring said it has been a tough start and his only saving grace has been insurance. He reported the early stage was a hassle because of the bone-dry weather. Ring says he needs rain on the corn within the next week for a promising crop, and unfortunately the 10-day forecast calls for no signs of rain.
Region 3: North Texas
Chad Wetzel, Grayson Co.
Wetzel said his crop was planted timely, had a good emergence and has a good stand. Although he was hoping for rain, his region received more at one time than he wanted. This heavy rain has caused a delay in his operation by pushing back the time he needs to lay fertilizer. Wetzel still hopes for more, timely rain and cooler weather as he heads into pollination.
Region 2: South Plains
Hagen Hunt, Hale Co.
Hunt said this year he had to dry plant his crop due to drought conditions. As in other regions, he says the lack of rain is hurting his operation and he cannot see how he will grow a high yielding corn crop without it.
Hunt also commented on input prices. He says before planting this year he already spent more in input prices than he has in previous years, for a full year. He says he is relying on the high commodity prices to make the farm profitable.
Region 1: Panhandle
Robert Gordon, Hartley Co.
Gordon said due to the weather, his corn crop is growing slow. He reports the weather in the Panhandle region has been dry and windy, which is not optimal planting or growing weather for corn. Gordon is hoping the weather patterns change because if it does not, it is a tough year ahead.