Southeast cotton farmers on the annual Mid-South Producer Information Exchange tour got a close up look at the flooding and idled acres resulting from persistent rainfall during planting season.
“I’ve heard and read about the prevented planting acreage and flooding,” said Tommy Hargrave, Garysburg, N.C. “But that’s not like seeing water still standing in unplanted fields and farmers still struggling to plant soybeans. My heart breaks for these Delta guys.”
Dyer County farmer Kent Greene took Delta Farm Press editorial staff on an afternoon tour of the county and showed hundreds of acres of fields that remained unplanted in mid-summer.
Greene said much of the cotton in the county has caught up from late planting but will need good weather through August and early September to make decent yields.
Here are a few photos from the tour.