Wet weather hurting cotton crops


Local farmers are calling this cotton season one of the worst they’ve seen. Between the summer drought and heavy rains, farmers are getting increasingly worried for their crops.

“This year is just the absolute opposite of what we needed,” said Steven Brosch, a cotton farmer.

Brosch is just one on a long line of farmers who has raised cotton on the same land for generations. He says the drought created by the summer months set the tone for the rest of the year.

“Half of our dry land was just gone,” said Brosch. “Even if you did get rain, it would be streaky, so only a mile would be green while the rest would be dead brown.”

The problem only got worse when harvesting season began with heavy rains washing away what little crop they were able to raise. Brosch said each passing rain shower has taken away the quality of the cotton, thereby lowering its value.

“Anytime the cotton bulbs are open and rain comes down, it’s a problem,” said Brosch. “Sunshine will definitely help, but each time you can pretty much guarantee that you are losing money.”

Brosch said he’s just excited to get the year over with, and hope for better next season.

“I’m ready to wrap up this year, and to just get this all behind us,” said Brosch. “It’s been opposite weather all year long, and the best we can do is hope it gets better next year.”

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