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The 2014 cotton crop in South Texas may not break records but is best in recent years

As cotton strippers continue to roll in the Coastal Bend and farther south in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, some remarkable reports are surfacing about just how good the year is turning out to be, and not just for cotton but for corn and grain sorghum as well.

"While we have seen better years for cotton, a rapid increase in heat units over the last week or so has caused cotton to explode this week across the Coastal Bend," reported National Cotton Council representative Dwight Jackson in Corpus Christi. "They [farmers] are getting it out of the field as fast as equipment can roll and so far yields look very good on most fields."

Some areas have overcome an early planting delay, prompted by a long winter. But timely rainfall and warming temperatures have created optimism for south Texas cotton farmers.

When all is said and done, it looks to be a bumper year for South Texas farmers who, for the most part, have suffered greatly at the hands of Mother Nature over recent drought-stricken years.


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