Lubbock cotton growers want all the rain they can get.
"We're in the peak bloom right now. We're getting to the point where the cotton plant demands the most moisture of its life, so it's a critical time to get some good rain," said New Home Co-Op General Manager David Wied. "About half or 60 percent of our crop is irrigated but with the moisture situation like it has been irrigation-wise, we've had great demand. Water is getting a little weaker so it's a very good time."
The last few years have been frustrating for David and he was worried early in the growing season that this year would be the same.
"We lost a lot of acres early to the drought and the hail as well. It's just been a very trying year on our producers - fighting both the drought, the hail, the sand, the wind, so we've had a lot of losses on the plains because of those factors," he said.
David is optimistic about the future. He hopes this rain will hold the yield and that it continues for the near future.
"We are a little bit behind as far as the maturity on this crop, but we did some catching up over the last two or three weeks. Again, the moisture tends to slow it down, but then if we can get some more heat and finish this thing out we could be in a pretty good situation."
David hopes things start to dry out again towards the end of September in time to harvest.
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