This Year's South Plains Cotton Crop Expected To Be One Of The Largest Ever - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/23/07

This Year's South Plains Cotton Crop Expected To Be One Of The Largest Ever

This year's South Plains cotton crop is expected to be the second or third largest crop ever.  Moreover, NewsChannel 11 found out, the overnight freeze might end up saving some farmers money.

Harvest on this New Home cotton farm is still a few weeks away. However, Justin Scott is making sure their equipment is ready.

The freeze may end up helping what Scott says could be a large crop of quality cotton.

He explains it was really a light freeze, which is going to help finish drying out of the plant.

Scott's cotton field is more than two weeks away from being harvested. However, the first freeze may actually be a cost savings, as the colder weather is helping dry out the cotton bowls and drop leaves from plants.

Before the first freeze, Scott was preparing to spray a chemical on this field and others to do just that.

"We could have applied anywhere from 26 to 2800 cotton acres and at $20 an acre it really saved us a lot of money," Scott added.

Scott also tells us this mornings' freeze does not appear to have damaged their Milo crop.

 

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