November 22, 2016
<p>Cotton ready to harvest in Southwest Oklahoma</p>
Many Oklahoma cotton farmers will be thankful for one of the best crops they’ve made in years as they gather around Thanksgiving tables this week. Some say it’s the best cotton they’ve ever made, thanks to a winter of ample moisture and a few timely rains during the growing season.
It wasn’t all easy; a few weather bumps—too much rain, too cool, a dry spell or two, the typical challenges—provided enough stress to keep folks interested. A spot or two of bacterial blight hurt yields in some areas, and prices are not nearly as high as farmers would like and need for them to be.
Still, with a lot of irrigated fields making nearly 4-bale cotton and dryland acreage pushing 2 bales, the outlook is promising.
The possibility of good yield is a welcome change from recent seasons when drought limited even irrigated farms to below breakeven production.
It’s a good week to express heartfelt thanks for a bountiful harvest.
About the Author(s)
Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress
Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.
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