Cotton harvest is underway in the Southwest. From basket strippers and pickers to balers, the Texas landscape is littered with harvest equipment gathering the 2019 crop.
Producer Dan B. Smith and his employees Johnny Peralez and Frank Jimenez, all of Lockney, Texas, harvested one of Smith's drip-irrigated crops, Nov. 5, despite high humidity.
"We're stripping this cotton and it's about 55% humidity, which normally, I would never do, but this cotton is starting to come out of the burr, and they've forecast up to a possible inch or two of rain, Wednesday and Thursday, so we're going slow," he said Nov. 5. "I don't like to do it but if this cotton gets rain on it, it's going to be a lot worse."
Harvest has been paused throughout out much of the Southwest until the moisture clears.