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Cotton farmers praying for dry weather as harvest time arrives

Published: Nov. 3, 2015 at 10:57 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 at 12:51 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock is one of the top producing cotton areas in the world and it's that time of year for the local industry.

The South Plains anticipates about 4 million bales of cotton, a record high for the last five years.

We caught up with local cotton farmers who are right in the middle of their harvest, about halfway finished on their 3-thousand acres.

Unlike most of the year, they are praying for dry weather.

Intermittent rains early this year kept their planting from being on time, but if Tuesday's sunny weather holds for the next few weeks, they are very optimistic.

They said they were hoping for a better crop quality but the volume is perfect.

"We've had better crops…but we'll take a crop like this. Especially for the start we got. We got off to such a rough start and late start and it was raining which was good, the moisture," he said. "But it kept us out of the field, couldn't get it planted, a lot of people were panicking, couldn't get it planted in time but we got it in there and it worked out so I'll take the yields I'm making."

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