Cotton usually brings the greater Lubbock area something in the neighborhood of $5 billion per year. It probably will be substantially smaller sum this harvest season.
But here's the good news; a crop already battered and beat up by drought was not damaged by Monday's dust storm.
"For the most part, the crop was spared from widespread destruction," says the Plains Cotton Grower's web site.
It's a remarkable statement given the events of last Monday evening. An 8,000 foot tall wall of dirt descended on Lubbock like a cloud of doom. What should have been broad daylight was instead a darkness that was briefly a complete blackout.
However, the wind loosened fibers in the bolls, "meaning that another wind event could cause more damage," according to PCG.
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