“The grain is OK but not exceptional,” said Richard Niemann, whose family has farmed the Bonnie View area for generations. “If we get rain in a week or 10 days, it will help the cotton.”
The outlook for rain is bleak for the county, with the only rainfall predicted coming off the Gulf of Mexico – and even that isn’t in the forecast any time soon.
“The grain is coming to a real quick, hard stop if it doesn’t rain,” said Dr. Dan Fromme, extension agronomist.
With below average yields expected for the grain sorghum, prices are up, with grain at $10.80 per hundred pounds. Cotton prices are up as well.
“Prices are good; that will help,” Niemann said.
Representatives of major seed companies said drought-resistant varieties of grain and cotton are holding up well.
With the resignation of Jerry Gray, county extension agent, Stephen Biles of Victoria served as master of ceremonies for the tour.
Colin Downie of VERTEX Helicopters introduced a company that uses a helicopter and a sharpshooter to control feral hogs.
“We’ve killed 115 hogs in three hours with an AR15, firing 600 rounds,” Downie said.
Downie said they hope to set up operations in Refugio County.
“In the last three years, the feral hog population rose from 1.2 million to 4.2 million,” Downie said.