Experts Predict Record Cotton Crop - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/21/05

Experts Predict Record Cotton Crop

Experts are predicting a record cotton crop again this year. It's expected to pump well over a billion dollars into the local economy.

Lubbock and the 41 surrounding counties are predicted to produce 5.3 million bales this year. That's half a million more than last year's record.

"We're running 24 hours a day seven days a week and these employees work 12 hours shifts. No time off," said Dan Taylor, Buster's Gin, General Manager & Owner.

"I show up at 4 or 4:30 every day and by noon I've put in eight hours and got eight more to be here," Taylor said.

Buster's Gin near Ropesville has been ginning full force for about five weeks now. They've got enough cotton modules to bring them into February and the entire crop isn't even out of the field! "Sleep when you can," says Gary Davis, Buster's Gin Operations Manager.

"You don't have much life other than the gin. You go home and take a shower and clean up and lay clothes out for the morning and go to bed," Taylor said.

"Can't wait for it to get started and once it gets started, a month or so you're ready for it to be over," Davis said.

The gin runs 24 hours and Davis says you're always on the job.

"That means you get a lot of calls... average of two a night," Buster's Gin Operation Manager Gary Davis said.

Buster's will gin about 100,000 bales this year and employees know the white stuff takes precedent, even around the holidays.

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