Hot, dry, windy conditions are causing some concern for cotton farmers in the Texas High Plains. Triple digit temperatures and scant rainfall over the past few weeks stressed dryland cotton and pushed the limits of irrigation systems to meet moisture demands. Recent reports from Extension cotton specialists indicate some cotton likely will see a shortened bloom period, which could compromise yield potential. Most say a good soaking rain would be a godsend.
But the region has some cotton that shows promise as the season moves into the critical fruiting stage. These photos, all but one courtesy of Shawn Wade, Plains Cotton Growers, show some pretty good prospects.