Cotton Harvest Expected To Be Lower This Season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/08

Cotton Harvest Expected To Be Lower This Season

Cotton is king in Lubbock because of its tremendous impact on our local economy. In fact, it's not unheard of for cotton to have a $5 billion impact on the greater Lubbock area.

But the king is not doing well, so-to-speak.  The cotton harvest this year could drop by 40 percent as compared with last year's crop.

The USDA predicts 3.7 million bales, but the Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers estimates a harvest of only 3.2 million bales. Cooler weather, along with drought early in the growing season took their toll on this year's crop.

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