The late cotton harvest is affecting more than just area cotton farmers. A rush to harvest cotton by most farmers has created a backlog at area cotton gins. Texas Star Co-Op Gin, located just Southeast of Lubbock, is also seeing these affects.
Buzz Cooper, Manager at Texas Star, says the late start, in addition to the record crop has slowed down the process. Last year, the gin processed more than 25,000 bales and this year they're expected to gin more than twice that amount. "We have eight module trucks running night and day that we haul the cotton into the gin yard, as you see behind us and it'll sit here about 4 to 5 days before it's actually ginned," explains Cooper.
Right now, they have almost 5,000 modules waiting to be harvested. Weather permitting, Cooper says the gin should be finished ginning by mid-March. The co-op gin serves almost 700 area farmers.