Cotton harvest plummets

CNJ online - Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought, but that’s not the worst news.

Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought, but that’s not the worst news.

“The worst thing,” farmer Kendall Devault said Thursday standing alongside 200-acre cotton field outside Farwell, “the bad of it all is underground. There’s no deep moisture left. It’s just dry. So next year it’s going to be bad, too.”

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In west Texas, frequently called the country’s biggest cotton field and the unofficial cotton capital of the U.S., Darren Hudson of the Cotton Research Institute at Texas Tech University in Lubbock was recently quoted by Bloomberg as saying, “It’s an unmitigated disaster.” He also told the news agency that production in West Texas could fall from the 10-year average of about 4.5 million bales to 1.5 million.

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