Recent Rain Slows Harvest

Sunday's rain fall has sidelined many area farmers and with harvest season already underway for many of them they're hoping to avoid further delays at all costs. KLBK's Alison Morris has the story.
"The gins are behind. They should be running this week full force but they're shutdown right now just waiting for it to dry up and waiting for the farmers to get back in the field and get this crop out."

Farmer Koby Reed said the rain set harvesting back on an already delayed crop.

"Well, it's been another arduous year," said Reed. "We missed out on some early rains, had some rough weather early on. Fortunately we were able to get some good rains at the end of July and that really helped this crop along."

Though Reed says any rainfall is a blessing, Shawn Wade with Plains Cotton Growers says there are potential damages that come with it this late in the game.

"With cotton being open in the field you have the potential for it to get some discoloration," said Wade. "The higher the amount of precipitation can sometimes the cotton to fall out of the burgh, or to string out which makes harvesting a little bit more problematic."

Though the damage was very minimal from Sunday's rain, it was the severe storms that really put a dent in yields earlier this year. 

"It's not your bumper crop, but it's a lot better than it could be," said Reed.

However Wade says those who did stick it out with cotton crops are set to cash in.

"Most producers that have made a crop are going to be positioned well to take advantage of some decent market prices."


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