Crop tour scheduled for June 11

The annual Kleberg County Crop Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, and will give area farmers an opportunity to observe new varieties and hybrids in cotton and grain sorghum ahead of next season. 

Area farmers will have an opportunity to observe and receive information on available cotton and grain sorghum varieties ahead of the next planting season during the annual Kleberg County Crop Tour.

“Even if you aren’t a producer, and are just interested in agriculture or row crops, we invite you to come out and see what’s in our area,” Kleberg-Kenedy County AgriLife Extension Agent Frank Escobedo said.

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, the annual crop tour will take place at test fields located in Kingsville and Ricardo where cotton and grain sorghum industry representatives will demonstrate how new varieties of hybrid seeds will grow in the South Texas area.

“These new hybrids are tolerant to a lot of things, such as insects and herbicide,” Escobedo said. “And the crop tour gives our local producers an opportunity to make informed decisions for next year’s harvest.”

Escobedo said Kleberg County has roughly 90,000 acres of row crops, with the majority containing cotton and grain sorghum.

“With about 5,000 acres in corn, maybe about 45,000 in grain sorghum and the rest in cotton,” he said.

Escobedo said grain sorghum was planted this season during February and early March, while cotton went into the fields closer to the end of March. He said field and weather conditions have been “excellent since the seeds went into the ground” and is anticipating some potential record-setting yields.

“We’ve had good moisture in the fields, and then we had those good rains,” he said. “And if we get one more shower, then we’ll probably hit a home run.”

The Kleberg County Crop Tour will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gulf Coast Co-op in Ricardo before heading to the cotton test field on Farm-to-Market 1118. The tour will then head to the grain sorghum test field in Kingsville near U.S. Highway 77 near the Chili’s restaurant.

After the crop tour, attendees will be invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 320 Gen. Cavazos Blvd. in Kingsville, for educational presentations and demonstrations, along with further cotton and grain sorghum hybrid seed discussion.

Attendees will also be able to earn three continuing education units, or CEUs, for pesticide applicators and certified crop advisors during the crop tour.

A catered brisket lunch will be provided during the crop tour as well.

For more information or to RSVP for the Kleberg County Crop Tour, contact the Kleberg-Kenedy Counties AgriLife Extension Office at (361) 595-8566.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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