Rain Problems For Cotton Producers

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

“In early July through August, as we get that Bermuda high or whatever you want to call it, it sits on us, and again you can count on it to be hot and dry, but it makes for good cotton growing weather if you can put the water to it. That’s why we’ve been so successful over the years in this area growing cotton, because it’s kind of predictable in that regard.”

But not this year.

“Cool, wet, this late in the year. It’s very rare. I can’t remember one like this, and I don’t think anybody can.”

The absence of any dry periods of weather have delayed fruit or boll production in the cotton plants

“The plant’s been doing a lot of vegetative work. We generally like to have it putting on more fruit as it goes, than it is, and those wetter more ideal conditions, the plant just wants to grow.”

And continued wet weather threatens cotton bolls that have already been produced.

“The cotton’s in a stage right now that it’s trying to bloom and put on bolls, but if it stays cloudy and wet we’re going to start shedding a bunch of those bolls off, and you’re going to lose your cotton crop.”

And rain grows plants…all kinds of plants.

“It grows weeds too, and we spent probably more money on weeds this year than we have in the past trying to keep the weeds out, and some of ‘em we didn’t get to finish putting our chemical out; it’d rain.”

So what will the Brazos Valley cotton crop be like? We’ll have to wait and see.

“We’re not at a point where we can say we’ve got a cotton crop by any stretch of the imagination. We’ve got a long way to go.”

I’m Joe Brown, tracing the journey our food and fiber makes from the farm to our homes, From the Ground Up.

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