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Farmers hoping for warm temps and rain for perfect yield

Caitlin Jackson Caitlin Jackson
LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

Area cotton producers are a couple months away from harvest and so far, this growing season has been a mixed bag.

"We've had a really interesting year. We've had a lot of rains early, we've had a lot of timely rains but we've also had some cool days and that wet spell around Memorial Day potentially put some growers behind," Caitlin Jackson said.

Caitlin is the Crosby County Extension Agent for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.

"The rains that we've had, thank God, have been slow, they've been calm, at least in the Lubbock, Crosby County area. They couldn't have come at a better time."

Jackson says the beginning of the growing season put some producers behind schedule with how cool and wet the weather was.

"The cool spell that came with Memorial Day wasn't exactly ideal. After that cool spell and those rains we did see some seeding disease that set the cotton back even further, but really, producers will take a rain any time during the growing season after we can get it in the ground," she said. "Basically we need days that are less than 100 degrees, so that 95 degree range is perfect for cotton and we need nighttime temperatures that are in the 70s, 65 to 70 degrees, that way the crop can shut down and take a break and resume growing the next day."

Jackson says producers still want as much rain as they can get, but the most important thing is for a late first freeze in the fall for the best yields.

"We need an open fall, we do not need an open freeze. We need open through the middle to end of October so we can carry this crop out and harvest," she said. "Yields are going to be all across the board. Last year we had several producers that produced four bale of cotton. A bale of cotton is about 500 pounds, so we had several producers that produced over 2,000 pounds of lint per acre. I definitely feel that some of our drip fields will be able to do that this year. Hopefully we have a good dry land crop, which we have not had over the past couple of years. I anticipate if we do have an open fall and we don't get an early freeze we will definitely see some high yielding crops on the high plains."

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