Could This Week's Wet Weather Dampen This Year's Cotton Crops? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/04

Could This Week's Wet Weather Dampen This Year's Cotton Crops?

This year's rain has been a blessing for South Plains Farmers, but too much more could be a curse. This year's rainfall totals are above normal for Lubbock's yearly average. The plentiful rain season so far has had a positive affect on this year's crop.

Roger Haldenby of Plains Cotton Growers says that West Texas cotton farmers face small losses due to hail and stormy weather. That could change after this week's storms. "Every farmer lives in fear that late season hail might take out their farm or some last minute storm in the season that impacts the quality of the crop or takes the lint out of the boll from wind and rain and drags it on the ground," he explains.

Haldenby says that ideally, this coming fall season will bring heat and sunshine to the crops. Of course another threat that farmers face is the boll weevil. But Haldenby says that things are looking good. He says it's been six weeks since a boll weevil has been caught from Lamesa to Lubbock and that more than likely we've seen the last of the boll weevil after this year.

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