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Cotton: Irrigated on target, untimely rain hurts 'phenomenal' dryland

Oklahoma State Cotton Specialist Seth Byrd discusses 2020 irrigated and dryland cotton crop.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

September 14, 2020

Oklahoma producers planted both irrigated and dryland cotton in a "tight window" following early to mid-May rainfall. Oklahoma State University State Cotton Specialist Seth Byrd discusses the crop's progress. 

"Most of that cotton looks really good, especially the irrigated," Byrd says. "It's finished on time and it's right where we want it to be at the end of August, early September."

Dryland is another story. 

"Dryland looked good. We had some phenomenal looking dryland going into August," Byrd says. But untimely rainfall dashed the region's high hopes. 

To learn more about the status of the dryland crop and upcoming virtual field days for late-season cotton management, watch this video. Photos displayed in the video are from the 2019 Carnegie Gin Cotton Tour.

Also, see, Freeze barely misses Oklahoma, concerns about cloudy, cool conditions

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Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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