Farmers Take Advantage Of Favorable Weather To Harvest Cotton - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/10/04

Farmers Take Advantage Of Favorable Weather To Harvest Cotton

On Wednesday cotton farmers did what they could to catch up on a delayed harvest, while they still can. Cotton strippers started early in the morning pulling cotton out of the fields. NewsChannel 11 went out in the field with one farmer as he took advantage of the good weather.

"We have a good sunshine, we have a little wind and the moisture has come down to around 45% so that gives you the opportunity to be able to harvest your crop," explains long-time farmer Eddie Thetford. He's busy collecting his prize cotton from the fields, a task that's been delayed almost a month for most area farmers, until today.

"You have to wait until the cotton dries out so you can harvest it so it'll go through the cleaner and just to be able to harvest it," says Eddie.

This is first time in more than a week that he's able to have a full day of harvest and depending on the weather, it may be the last time for a while."This is the first time in a long time that we've had this kind of a wet spell that kept us out of the field, If you only get 2 to 3 days a week it takes a long, long time," he says.

Even though he's only harvested 5% of his 2,000 acres, Eddie stay optimistic. "If it wasn't for mother nature the cotton wouldn't be here so maybe it'll give us a chance to get it out," he adds.

Wet weather this weekend could prolong the harvest through Christmas for some farmers. Experts estimate about 85% of South Plains cotton remains in the field. But despite the struggle farmers face, production-wise, this crop is expected to be one of the best in years.

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