Rain Not All Bad For Local Cotton Crops - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/12/08

Rain Not All Bad For Local Cotton Crops

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Thursday's heavy rains weren't all bad for the Lubbock area. In fact, it might be good for the local cotton crops. 

One farmer in North Lubbock County says he got more than nine inches of rain on his crops.  He says the cotton needed some rain, but Thursday's rainfall was a bit extreme. Sunshine is crucial right now, because if it stays overcast, then the plants will start shedding their bolls. 

Overall the rainfall was slightly beneficial to the cotton crop, but depending on future weather it could be bad for the maturity of the crop.  "It's going to be very difficult to terminate this crop chemically.  We're going to have a tough time defoliating and getting bolls open prior to a freeze with this much water in the ground," said cotton farmer Dr. Dan Krieg.   

But the rain does have its benefits; it was really needed for the grain crop.

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