We all know that drought has been, and still is, a big concern on the High Plains. 2020 has been the year of COVID, of uncertainty and of crazy weather. But, unlike other professions, agricultural producers consider the odd year of 2020 just like any other. It’s an unpredictable livelihood, but we can all agree it’s worth it.
That being said, there is always room for continuing education on the farm and your local agronomist can be a good contact when trying to debunk problems and learn more about your crop from year to year. Reviewing the year so far, Pioneer Agronomist Gideon Jennings says yes, there has been some pest pressure, some uncertain weather conditions, but harvest is starting and his region is starting off with good yields. “Everything really, in the Northern Panhandle where I work, so you take the top 10 counties along the Northern border of the Texas Panhandle, we’ve been really fortunate because we received rain. You don’t have to go very far outside of this area and there wasn’t rain.”
Jennings said Northern Panhandle producers went from one of the hardest June’s they’ve ever seen, to getting rain. “Because we had timely rain this fall, we had a cool fall….it turned out from July forward, or July to current, to just be a beautiful growing season.”
He went on to say that as producers start harvest and getting in some preliminary numbers, everything is pointing to a really good harvest in that area.
To hear the complete interview with Pioneer Agronomist Gideon Jennings, listen below.