Will Farmers Be Able to Make Cash Out of Cotton? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/02

Will Farmers Be Able to Make Cash Out of Cotton?

One farmer, Cooper Ellison, has made it through this season's struggle with the weather and for him, it just might have been worth it. "You're just worried that what's going to be left when you go back. You hope that most of your yield is still there. You know you're going to lose some," says Cooper.

For three weeks last month, Cooper wasn't too fond of Mother Nature. "Just nervous in general. We were going good until the rain and we've been shut down for nearly three weeks, you know, but we're going back now."

Cooper has harvested about half his crop already, but he's ahead of the game. Some farmers haven't stripped a row yet, luckily for him, his cotton stood up to the recent rains. "I think we've got an overall pretty good crop. So, hopefully we can break even, with a pretty good crop, you know. That's about all you can hope for nowadays."

When asked how he deals with "just breaking even" Cooper needed a moment to think. "Well, I don't know how it's going to work. You just hope that you can have a good crop and that there's a little left at the end that you can pay out, pay a few bills and then go again."

Including the government's supplemental payment, Cooper is getting about 50 cents per pound. Many farmers won't see that much and will fall short of their goals this season.

Still, the challenge is what drives Cooper to keeping planting those seeds. "It's getting tougher to survive, but I enjoy it. You have to try to make all you can, and then just hope that it works out."

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