Cotton Planting Underway Across South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/17/06

Cotton Planting Underway Across South Plains

Farmers are planting cotton full speed ahead here on the South Plains. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta brings us this update.

Experts tell us 65 % has yet to be planted. Farmers are working sun up to sun down to get their seed in the ground.

Farmer Allen West tells us he started planting early last week and hopes to finish at the end of this week. He says planting this 2006 crop has been a challenge. The dry winter and low amount of rain fall has affected farmers. Recent rain has helped but Allen had to wait until the field dried to begin planing. That, coupled with the rising cost of energy, are what he and other farmers are facing as they race to the finish line. "We were less aggressive with our watering because we were really scared because of the high energy costs we would be facing," says Allen.

He says warm temperatures are needed and some land still needs more rain. The final planting date is June 15th.

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