Some Texas Farmers Seeing Record Yields As Combines Roll This Year

USFR 08/31/19 - FTF
Allen Meissner of Bartlett Texas finished harvest last month, bringing in a record crop. He said a timely dose of rains helped yields after a wet start to the year. ( Farm Journal )

As farmers in the Midwest are gearing up for what could be a late harvest this year, farmers in the southern tier of states are in the fields, with some even wrapping up.

Allen Meissner farms in Bartlett, Tx., which is located in the southeastern part of the state, just north of Austin. He said he was shocked with the yields he was seeing as he brought in the crop this year.

“We had a very good crop this year,” he said. “It was probably one of the best that we’ve ever had.”

The better-than-expected crop comes after a challenging spring sprouted concerns over how the crop would actually end up this year.

“We had a very wet spring,” he said. “It was one of the wettest on record, and it was a very hard push to get everything planted.”

Meissner said the issue in their area that tends to drag down yields is the summer growing season. His area typically turns off dry, but he said this year, his farms had frequent doses of rain.

“Even the corn that didn’t look good from the road, once you got out in it and put the combine in it, you were blown away by what the yield monitor was showing compared to what you were seeing on the ground,” said Meissner.

He said while he was grateful for the great yields, he is even more thankful for a safe harvest in 2019.