Rain This Week Came Too Late For A Port Lavaca Farmer
The Crossroads finally saw rain this week after a dry start to May. The rain was beneficial to the cotton and soybeans. For the corn, it was two or three weeks too late. “Rains came too late for this corn. It is already gone through its growing and just didn’t have the moisture,” said Danny May.
I walked through the corn fields of Port Lavaca Farmer Danny May and you can see the cracked soil as the sun dried up the little moisture that fell this week.
Farmers who dry land farm are very dependent on rain for a successful harvest. “You are always concerned if it is going to rain when you depend on mother nature for your water. It is a gamble,” said May.
For may, he gambled planting corn. The last time he planted corn was ten years ago. “The price was pretty good back when I planted corn. The price went down and I quit growing corn,” said May. With the ground being so dry this year, most of his corn is not good. A good corn is full of kernels. A bad corn is dried out and kernels not developed. ” We have crop insurance on it. They will probably pay a little on it but it will not be harvested,” said May.
Although May’s corn crop will not be harvested, he is hopeful mother nature works in his favor to provide for a good cotton crop. ” It works out on paper that it may put some money in my pockets if we don’t have a hurricane or other weather problems that comes along,” said May. According to May, he is hopeful that his cotton gets rain every two weeks before it gets close to harvesting.
The harvesting season in South Texas begins in July. In his spare time, Mr May has a small garden of sweet corn, squash, zucchini, and purple hull peas.