County experiences high yields in 3 of 4 crops
Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:31 a.m.
It started out as a good crop year with great potentials but things changed as the season progressed.
Grain sorghum was the most disappointing crop of the season. It also started off with great potential. Many fields could have easily made 6,000 pounds per acre and there were numerous fields well above that yield. But the rains began falling in June and July and the sorghum sprouting damage began.
Well over half of Victoria County's grain sorghum has probably been "zeroed out" insurance wise as a total loss due to the excessive rains. The remainder is split with fair to good yield but with sprout damage from in the teens to in the 40 percent sprout range. Most elevators would not accept it if it was above 35 percent sprouted. A lot of the severely damaged sorghum had from 50 to as high as 93 percent sprouted grain and was thus zeroed out.
As a result of sorghum damage, corn harvest proceeded first ahead of sorghum. Corn yields were very good overall ranging from the 90's to over 150 bushels per acre with the typical annual yield in the 90 bu/ac range. Some fields had astronomical yields in the 200+ bushel range; a top seldom if ever hit before. Combine yield monitors even recorded spots in the field near 250 bu/ac.
Soybeans followed suite with very good yields ranging from the 30 - 70 bushel per acre range. Annual yields are normally in the 25 - 30 bu/ac range but unofficial tops this year were up to 90 bu/ac - tremendous soybean yields.
Cotton is still being harvested but the yield potential was hurt by the excessive rains. While 1.5 - 2 bales/acre will be common and is a little above normal, some fields are harvesting over 2 bales per acre.
With a hickey received on grain sorghum, the remaining crops look good and the commodity prices while decreased over time are still good and have allowed some profit potential on three of four 4 crops.
PLANT SALE COMING UP
Looking for quality, recommended plant varieties for your landscape? Then the annual plant sale scheduled for Sept. 11, and coordinated by the Victoria County Master Gardeners, is your best guide for success.
Held at the Master Gardener Pavilion next to the Victoria Educational Gardens and located at the back side of the Victoria County Airport at 283 Bachelor Drive, the sale will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. or sell out, whichever comes first.
This is their 11th consecutive year for the plant sale and plans show. It will be the biggest ever with over 2,000 plants and over 150 different varieties available. Come early to get the best selection. Proceeds go to supporting VEG and public educational efforts of the Master Gardeners.
South Texas Farm & Ranch Show Schedule
The lineup for the South Texas Farm & Ranch show has an impressive scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27 - 28, at the Victoria Community Center. Besides the layout of over 100 exhibitors of farm and ranch equipment, the show will offer 14 hours of CEU credit for pesticide applicators through Texas Department of Agriculture. Of these, five will be in laws and regulations, six in IPM and three in the general category starting with breakfast each day at 6:30 a.m.
Mark you calendars for these dates. A show flyer will be available in about two weeks.
Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.