Cotton overcomes challenge for possible best harvest ever - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Cotton overcomes challenge for possible best harvest ever

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Despite a rare bout of severe weather in October that damaged portions of the local cotton crop, the Lubbock area is on track for a record high cotton harvest.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest crop production report says the Texas High Plains region could produce 5.74 million bales.  If so that would break the all-time record of 5.6 million in 2007. 

According to Plains Cotton Growers, "the 2010 High Plains crop has also extended the region's growing reputation for the production of high quality fiber."  Roughly 80 percent of this year's crop has good color despite rain, hail, and winds that kicked dirt and mud up into cotton boles on October 21st.

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