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Refugio County 2010 Crop Tour
by Kenda Nelson
Jun 18, 2010 | 1489 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Griffin Cates examines the bloom of a cotton plant last Wednesday evening during the Refugio County crop tour. Nealing beside her is Troy Schirmer along with, standing on left, Travis Schirmer and Seith Morris.
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Dr. Roy Parker, extension entomologist, knows as much about agriculture in Refugio County as just about anybody. He’s been coming to crop tours for 33 years and this year, he says conditions couldn’t be better.

“We’ve got a good crop growing,” Parker said.

Good ground moisture, the bugs haven’t shown up yet and, barring a blow from Mother Nature, the county is expecting a bumper crop of grain sorghum and cotton.

Coming off a drought that many farmers said was the worst they’d ever seen, county farmers are finally experiencing a light at the end of a two-year tunnel.

“We got so much rain I was a little late getting in the field,” said lifelong farmer Kenneth Steindorf. “I generally start March 1 but I didn’t get in the field until March 26.”

Steindorf says his grain will be ready about Aug. 1 and the cotton, Sept. 1. The month delay put farmers like Steindorf deeper into hurricane season, a Coastal Bend farmer’s nightmare.

Another concern locally is the price of grain which the markets will determine – well out of the hands of local agriculturalists.

But with a bumper crop on the way and the elevator expecting to be full, Woodsboro Co-Op is making plans to have portable storage capable of holding 400,000 pounds of grain in each 200-foot bag, the equivalent of the storage capacity of eight 18-wheelers. Each unit will be stored on cotton module pads at Bayside-Richardson Gin, should they become necessary.

David Wyatt, manager of the gin, couldn’t be more pleased. Last year, not one single bale of cotton was ginned because of the drought.

“This is as good at it gets at this stage of the game,” he said. “The plants are uniform and the stands are good.”
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