Cotton harvest delayed because of rain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/09

Cotton harvest delayed because of rain

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Most of the time around here, rain is a welcome site.  This time, the moisture comes during the cotton harvest.

Most farmers just started stripping their fields last week. The overnight rain has halted cotton harvest for a couple days, depending on if we see anymore.

When the cotton has been defoliated and the bulbs are open, long periods of rain could be damaging. The quality could go down, meaning the color may not be as bright or the rain could even stain the cotton.

But cotton experts say with amount we saw last night, shouldn't be a problem.

"If the weather will open up and allow us to get started we could see harvest winding down greatly by Thanksgiving, we could have most of the crop harvested," said Executive Vice President of Plains Cotton Growers Steve Verett.

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