Drought in the Lone Star State: An update on sorghum and cotton crops

Recent rains in the Lone Star state are giving crops a boost.

Tony St. James with All Ag All Day joined us earlier today on the Market Day Report from an irrigated sorghum field where the crop was looking good. He said the milo was about five weeks or so away from harvest. However, cotton conditions are a different story.

“Cotton we plant quite a bit earlier than the sorghum. Dry land fields are gone at this point. We’ve lost 30 to 50% of the irrigated acreage. I thought I’d show you something kind of interesting though. Here is after the rainfall, a little cotton plant that popped up, but then turns into a little flower, then puts on one of these bowls here. That gives you an idea on how big the bowl is. After enough heat units that thing will pop open then we will be ready to harvest cotton,” said St. James.

St. James expects harvest to begin on what is left of the cotton crop in the next five weeks.


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