by Larry Lemmons
Amarillo, Texas, Mother nature this summer has given the area an economic boost. Harvest is coming up for the summer crops, although corn is being harvested already in some places. The rain has been kind to the Texas panhandle.
Dr. Brent Bean of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service says, "Gosh, I've been from Perryton to Wellington over to Hereford and down to Silverton and the sorghum crop looks real good."
Grain Sorghum is definitely looking healthy this summer. The harvest is still maybe two or three weeks away. Many stalks are over six feet. Bean says, "July and August we had good precipitation so that's helped the summer crops. Corn crop is for the most part irrigated but the rainfall always helps, even those irrigated crops. The dry land crops, grain sorghum, sunflowers, even cotton, of course, rely on the rainfall so, those crops are looking very good right now."
The harvest will affect not just producers, but all the people and industries connected to them. Dr. Steve Amosson, also from the Extension Service, says."Somewhere between 20 and 30 million dollars. You think of agriculture production and just the value added, it's going to add about, it'll just double that. So, you know, thinking about the economy in the region, you take the 20-million dollars, I was talking about and double it. And it's going to be 40 to 60 million."
The rainfall has also been a good sign for the upcoming wheat crop. Bean says, "You got good soil moisture going into planting wheat for cattle grazing, that's always important."