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Cotton harvest lags in Southern Plains

On Dec 2 cotton modules in a dripirrigated field near Lubbock await being taken to the gin
<p>On Dec. 2, cotton modules in a drip-irrigated field near Lubbock await being taken to the gin.</p>

Even though it’s late, cotton harvest is turning out well for many Texas farmers.

Cotton was late to mature throughout the state this year, but Timely rains and favorable conditions during the fall resulted in a good year for many growers, even though the crop was late to mature, says  Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station.

Farmers in Central, and South Texas and the Coastal Bend finished harvested more than a month ago, and most producers were quite pleased with their dryland and irrigated crops, Morgan said. As usual, each district had its own challenges.

Cotton harvest from the rolling Plains up into the Panhandle is in various stages of completion, and the last modules will all be late making it to the gins this year, Morgan said.

But statewide, it turned out to be a better year than past years for most growers, despite the late start, Morgan said. Read more here.

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