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Freeze barely misses Oklahoma, concerns about cloudy, cool conditions

State Cotton Specialist discusses the cold front and the maturing cotton crop in his state.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

September 11, 2020

This week an unseasonal cold front blasted the Southwest, breaking record lows in the Texas Panhandle. Whether sorghum, cotton or corn, producers are concerned about the impact the cooler temperatures and gusting winds had on their crops. Hear what Oklahoma State University Cotton Specialist Seth Byrd has to say about the cold front in his state and its effect on maturing cotton. 

“I think we were all focused on that low temperature we were going to hit Wednesday morning, but the bigger issue is probably going to be the cool, cloudy weather we had Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” Byrd says. 



Watch this video to learn more. 

Next: 2020 cotton production in Oklahoma and upcoming harvest aid webinars.

About the Author(s)

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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