Area Ag Roundup

• AMARILLO, TX – Winter wheat planting is running slightly ahead of normal, says Darby Campsey with the Texas Wheat Producers Association (TWPA), in part due to late-season moisture that provided a much-needed kick start to root development. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), winter wheat seeding is at 20 percent, 4 points ahead of last year and 3 points higher than the 5-year average.

• LUBBOCK, TX – “I think we’re going to have at the least an average year”, says David Gibson, Executive Director of the Texas Corn Producers Association (TCP). “Much of the state from the coastal bend area up through the Blacklands into North Texas, have had some excellent yields – some of the best that farmers have ever seen.” USDA is reporting corn harvest statewide at 70 percent this week which is on par with the progress of 2020, but 4 points ahead of average. “Rain makes grain” Gibson adds, “and that has been true for that part of the state”.

• AUSTIN, TX – Dry conditions are starting to appear across Texas for the first time since June. Actually, according to The Drought Monitor, just under 3 percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought at of September 14, 2021. This compares to practically no drought at this time last week. It’s amazing what a difference one year makes though. At this time last year, 34 percent of the state was experiencing some level of drought. By the beginning of 2021, 81 percent of Texas was in drought with 30 percent of the state – mainly West Texas in Extreme (D3) or Exceptional drought (D4).
(SOURCE: All Ag News)

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