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Cotton Harvest - From the Ground Up

Rain from Tropical Storm Hermine may have greened up homeowners’ lawns and given hay producers the hope of a fall cutting, but for farmers in the middle of harvesting their crops, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

Fortunately, most of James Kamas’ crops had been harvested before the heavy rain fell, but about half of his cotton crop was rained on, with some fields in the river bottom under water.

“We expect to harvest most of this cotton that went under water. There is one field where there are sloughs where water is still standing, and that cotton is ruined, I mean we can’t harvest it but we’ll try to harvest the rest of that. The way we’ll do it, we’ll probably harvest the cotton that did not get under water and separate that from the cotton that did, trying to segregate it so that we don’t contaminate grades with bad cotton with good.”

The irony is that this year’s cotton crop has one of the largest yields ever.

“We have one field that’s been ginned and we’re making over two bales an acre and from the module counts on the other fields, we expect to be somewhere in that, and when I say over, I mean slightly over two bales an acre. Typically, we would be thrilled with 650, 700 pounds of lint. This year, we’re probably close to a thousand pounds of lint per acre which is just phenomenal for us in our part of the country. Our rains, late June early July did help our grain sorghum and it really helped our cotton.”

Illustrating once again that in Agriculture, Mother Nature’s timing is critical. I’m Bob French, taking a look at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.


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