Quality Cotton Yields Expected Despite Hard Growing Season

As harvest season comes to a close, area cotton ginners and quality checkers are taking stock of this year's crops, and as KLBK's Alison Morris reports, they expect fairly good prices.
By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK- Gins across the south plains have gone quiet for the most part now at the end of harvest season and cotton ginners say they're happy to have any crop after this year's wild weather during the growing season.

"If we can survive these things year to year, we certainly feel blessed."

David Wied, general manager at New Home Co-Op Gin is now taking stock after a season of treacherous weather.

"A lot of it recovered well and had some phenomenal yields," said Wied.

"So far the quality's been fairly good overall," said USDA Cotton Classing Area Director, Kenny Day.

Day said that despite some damage they're seeing a good product.

"We've had a real high length staple and high strength," said Day.

Day said it will be a comparatively smaller crop this year with about 2 million bails as opposed to upwards of 4 million in years past. 

"The largest reason for that is that we lost a lot of acreage in early June in that hail/ wind event," said Day.

Despite some losses though, Day estimates that prices are looking good.

"With the higher grade cotton we're seeing, a lot of this cotton is coming in around 80 cents, upper 70's at least. So
overall, I'd say it's a pretty good quality cotton crop and that helps keep the cotton on the higher end of the spectrum."

Gins across the area will begin profit and loss analysis in the coming months.




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