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Heat threatens U.S. cotton

AccuWeather.com reports a heat wave affecting Texas through next week has the potential to stress the U.S. cotton crop.

"There's been adequate moisture going into planting the cotton crop this season," said AccuWeather.com Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler. "No rain is in the forecast for western Texas through next weekend, and this heat is likely to suck any remaining moisture dry."

AccuWeather.com meteorologists foresee high temperatures in the low 100s and dry conditions for at least the next ten days from Midland to Lubbock, Texas.

Texas is the leading cotton-producing state in the U.S., with most cotton grown in the western portion of the state.

The crop is irrigated in most situations, but a rain-free stretch could be detrimental.

"This intense heat will negate the irrigation," said Mohler. "There's going to be a lot of stress to this season's cotton crop."

Meteorologists expect the heat wave currently affecting Texas to spread eastward toward the lower Mississippi Valley beginning next week. About 30 percent of the U.S. cotton crop, as well as a significant portion of the soybean crop, is grown in this region.

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report published on June 2 said 74 percent of the U.S. soybean crop is planted, along with 79 percent of the cotton crop.

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