Harvests underway in South Texas

By Tom Nicolette
Senior Network Producer

Farmers in the Texas Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley regions begin harvesting their 2022 crops.

The last week of June is usually the start of the sorghum harvest in Coastal Bend. This year was no exception and the sorghum harvest is in full swing.

But the dryland sorghum area will produce less than in previous years due to drought.

“Many farmers in the eastern part of Coastal Bend are reporting good yields of 3,000 to 4,500 pounds per acre. But no outstanding returns were reported in the 5,000-6,000 pound category this year,” reports Harvey Buehring for Texas Farm Bureau Overview, the weekly radio show broadcast on TFB radio network.

Buehring noted that yields are expected to decline as the crop shifts to the western Coastal Bend region. Part of this area was planted late and did not receive enough rain.

“They’re looking at somewhat more disappointing returns than growers in the east of the region,” Buehring said.

Further south in the Rio Grande Valley, farmers harvest sorghum, corn and sunflowers. Sorghum yields from the valley are better than those from the coastal loop due to more rainfall.

“Early reports from sorghum fields show yields reaching 4,500 to 6,500 pounds per acre. Some of the latest Milos are still battling midges and army worms,” said Jim Hearn, who also reports for Texas Farm Bureau overview.

Meanwhile, early sunflower harvest figures look good so far. Sesame fields are now drying up and should be ready for harvest in early July.

Hearn noted that soybeans in the valley have also begun to dry out ready to harvest along with the area’s cotton crop.

But in northern Hidalgo County, many sunflower and sorghum crops will go unharvested due to hail damage, resulting in multi-million dollar losses for farmers, he said. declared.

This year’s persistent drought has also impacted the state’s wheat crop, which is ending in the Texas Panhandle.

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