Despite challenges through year, corn harvest moving along

Despite challenges through year, corn harvest moving along

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The harvest is underway in most of the South Plains and Panhandle region for corn producers. There were some adverse weather conditions during this season. Total crop production is estimated around 2.1 million acres this year, down roughly 400,000 acres from last year.

"Our biggest issue with corn, like it is with every other commodity that we grow, is price currently," said Joe Reed president of the Corn Producers Association of Texas here on the South Plains. "The prices aren't quite were we want them to be." 

The cost to grow isn't the only problem. The weather wasn't good for the crop.

"The late rains and high humidity and warm nights we had a fungus begin to grow in the corn that developed into a mycotoxin and that certainly that caused some issues with some of the growers. It didn't affect their yield, but it did affect where they could sell it and what price they could get for it," Reed said. 

This issue could make corn prices suffer. In the last few years the state's been testing for mycotoxin fumonisin or ear rot. That's a fungus that can poison animals if they eat it. Most farmers in this area have a safety net to fall back on if they run into it; that's crop insurance.

The Texas A&M  Agri-life service has reported that corn contributes more than $3.5 billion and more than 22,000 jobs to the Plains alone.

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