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Corn Crops Doing Well for Area Farmers

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

WILDORADO, TX - Summer  rain has helped local corn farmers to have the best season they have had in several years.  However, they tell us, they aren't doing as well as they could be.

Fourth generation farmer Braden Gruhlkey is in the middle of his corn harvest.

"It's in the blood. I have wanted to do it since I was a little kid." said Gruhlkey. 

This season is a good one for the Wildorado farmer and his family. Rain and humidity that stuck around the Panhandle this summer helped with area corn crops.

"This year we had really good yields, and the prices are up. It's just a good year for the Panhandle farmer." Agronomist Dr. Brent Bean tells NewsChannel 10.

Gruhkley says these elements are needed for area farmers. Last year, corn sold nearly $2 less per bushel than this year.

"At harvest there was record yields in the Midwest and other countries. The global market was flooded with corn or so they thought, so prices were a little weaker last year." expressed Gruhlkey

Now the cost of seed, fertilizer and natural gas to run farm equipment are all going up.

Local experts remind everyone, these crops need to keep doing well to help offset those costs and funnel cash into our economy.

"If the farmers have more money in their pockets, they have more money to spend in Amarillo, Dumas, Sunray, and everywhere else in between. It's good for the Texas Panhandle" said Bean.

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