Make no mistake – farmers certainly are grateful for the rain that has helped boost this year’s crop. However, there are two things that can accompany plentiful rainfall: severe weather and weeds.
Young cotton and other crops are especially vulnerable to high winds, blowing sand, and hail.
As we discussed last week, farmers do have crop insurance, but they would much rather take that crop to harvest.
Weeds are another issue. We don’t want them in our yards and gardens at home, and farmers don’t want them in their fields, either. They grow twice as fast as cotton and can rob water and nutrients from a crop, so farmers try to tackle them while they’re small.
For Spotlight on Agriculture and Plains Cotton Growers, I’m Mary Jane Buerkle.
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